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Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott went viral when he tweeted a brutal jab during the Dallas Cowboys playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
Abbott, who is paralyzed from the waist down and uses a wheelchair, took to Twitter after Cowboys kicker Brett Maher failed to convert an extra point when it was blocked by 49ers defensive lineman Samson Ebukam, TMZ reported. San Francisco ended up winning the game and advancing to the NFC Championship.
Brett Maher is 1/6 on PATs this post season after missing here
If this kick wasn’t blocked, it still wouldn’t have been good. pic.twitter.com/Dd9Wl7zIST
— JPA (@jasrifootball) January 23, 2023
“I swear, I can kick as good as the Dallas Cowboys kicker,” Abbott tweeted to his more than one million followers.
I swear, I can kick as good as the Dallas Cowboys kicker.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) January 23, 2023
And Abbott wasn’t the only person who criticized the Cowboys’ kicker. Several accounts flooded the social media platform with videos and memes mocking Maher.
Jerry Jones to Brett Maher in the Cowboys locker room at halftime… pic.twitter.com/bcSYi5ER75
— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) January 23, 2023
Brett Maher trying to kick PATs pic.twitter.com/s896wcFTR7
— 𝔰𝔭𝔦𝔡𝔞 (@spidaIand) January 23, 2023
Brett Maher lining up to kick an extra point pic.twitter.com/7hhRNWrVAQ
— BetMGM 🦁 (@BetMGM) January 23, 2023
Brett Maher lining up to kick an extra point pic.twitter.com/3Z6B8JIVt3
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) January 23, 2023
Maher has struggled in the playoffs this season, missing five extra point attempts in the past two games, including four on January 16 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
He has the second most missed extra point attempts in NFL playoff history.
However, the Cowboys kicker did manage to nail two field goals on Sunday, a 25-yarder in the third quarter and a 43-yarder in the fourth. He has made 12 consecutive field goal attempts.
According to The Associated Press, there was a brief altercation before the game when some 49ers players attempted to disrupt Maher while he was warming up.