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.