Kicker Daniel Carlson talks of his two misses in Vikings' third preseason game

Coach Mike Zimmer went for a two-point conversion after a touchdown to send a message, but Carlson said he didn't know.

MINNEAPOLIS -- Daniel Carlson's first game after winning the Minnesota Vikings' kicking job couldn't have gone any worse for the rookie fifth-round draft pick.

Carlson missed a pair of 42-yard, field-goal attempts in Minnesota's 21-20 victory over the Seattle Seahawks at home. Carlson was in a competition with veteran holdover Kai Forbath, but the Vikings released Forbath earlier in the week.

Carlson said the misses weren't a matter of a mental issue.

"I think it's the same as always," Carlson said of playing nervous. "There's always a little nerves, which is a good thing. Nothing like that. It wasn't anything mental. Some technique and stuff, some things that I need to keep working on and focusing on, and continuing to grow. Put this behind me, but learn from it and move on."

Carlson's first miss -- both were wide left at the same distance -- upset coach Mike Zimmer. After the Vikings scored a touchdown, Zimmer decided to go for a two-point conversion as a message to his rookie kicker. Carlson said he didn't know the coach was trying to send a message and that he thought the team was using the two-point attempt to practice situations.

"If he's going to miss them, I'm going to let him know we're going to go for two," Zimmer said.

Kirk Cousins missed a pass to Laquon Treadwell on the attempt.

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