MASON CROSBY, KICKER

Season stats: 18 games (16 regular season, two postseason); 23 of 35 field goals made, 65.7 percent; two of nine field goals made from 50-plus yards; nine of 12 field goals made from 40-49 yards; 10 of 12 field goals made from closer than 39 yards; 50 of 50 on extra points

Best game: Week 2 win over Chicago (three of three field goals made, including a season-long 54-yarder; 3.1 PFF rating)

Worst game: Week 15 win at Chicago (zero of two field goal made, with misses from 43 and 42 yards; minus-0.6 PFF rating)

ProFootballFocus.com season rating: 16.6 (No. 22 of 36 among NFL kickers)

Expectations at the start of the season: Medium

Expectations were ... Not met

Looking live: This was a rough season for Crosby and by far the worst of his six-year career. Crosby went through a stretch between Weeks 8 and 12 in which he made only four of nine field-goal attempts. But, no matter how many kicks Crosby missed, coach Mike McCarthy continually stick with him. “Mason is our kicker” was a phrase repeated by McCarthy every time he was asked about Crosby's status. The Packers didn't have another kicker on the roster in training camp and didn't bring in anyone else for a tryout during the height of Crosby's struggles. Crosby made his final four field goals to end the regular season, but that didn't change his spot in the rankings as the NFL's least accurate kicker by a substantial margin. The league's next-worst kicker was San Francisco's David Akers, and, unlike the Packers, the 49ers decided to sign a second kicker (Billy Cundiff) late in the season. Akers ended up keeping the starting job, but those two playoff-bound teams took drastically different approaches to their issues at kicker. Crosby made both of his field goals in the playoffs, though they were only from 20 and 31 yards.