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Adam Vinatieri misses $500k bonus field goal

Posted at 8:33 AM, Jan 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-02 08:35:16-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- When Adam Vinatieri lined up midway through the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars for a 48-yard field goal, more was on the line than just three points. 

Vinatieri's kick hit the right upright and bounced away for a miss.

If he had made the field goal, Vinatieri would be $500,000 richer. 

He came into the game making 89.7 percent of his field goals this season. If he hit 90, he would've triggered a bonus in his contract worth $500,000.

According to, Vinatieri made $3.25 million in the 2016 season.

After Vinatieri missed the 48-yarder, his percentage dropped to 86.7 percent.

Vinatieri did end up making a field goal later in the game, but it didn't really matter after the miss. He needed to make 10 straight after the miss to hit 90 percent for the season.

The Colts won, 24-20.