Carlson then missed his third field goal of the game, wide-right for the third time as well.
"Yeah, well, that's life", Zimmer added.
Zimmer: "Did you see the game?". Bailey connected on 15-of-20 field-goal tries and missed the first two extra points of his career, all of which came after he was injured. He has also made 276 of 278 career PAT attempts.
Even though the Vikings spent a fifth-round selection on Carlson, they couldn't afford costly mistakes in crucial showdowns.
The former Cowboys kicker agreed to sign with the Vikings Monday after the team waived Daniel Carlson, NFL Media and ESPN reported. That made it all but certain the Vikings will sign Bailey, the second-most accurate field goal kicker in National Football League history. With Carlson gone now and Treadwell soon to be benched, you have to think that this team will be a lot better off than they would've been had they kept Carlson and allowed him to risk everything with a short field-goal in the playoffs.
Vikings cut rookie Carlson after 3 missed FGs, target Bailey
During pre-season, Joseph managed three field goals and converted both extra points from touchdowns.
Carlson beat out Kai Forbath for the kicker spot in training camp but his Vikings' career lasted just two games.
"Nah, that's water off a duck's back", Zimmer said.
With a roster built for the Super Bowl, the Minnesota Vikings were in no position to practice patience with a struggling kicker.
Carlson lamented postgame that nerves likely played a role in missing his final kick.