Matt Prater sets NFL record with 64-yard field goal

Justin Edmonds

Many kickers have made 63-yard field goals, but none have nailed it from beyond that. Matt Prater finally has the record to himself with a 64-yarder on Sunday.

Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater made NFL history on Sunday. With the last play of the second quarter, Prater hit a 64-yard field goal, setting a new record for longest field goal in NFL history. Prater's previous career high was 59 yards.

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Sixty-three yards has long been the glass ceiling for NFL kickers. Tom Dempsey first set the mark with a 63-yarder in 1970. That has since been matched by Jason Elam in 1998, Sebastian Janikowski in 2011 and David Akers in 2012. Matt Bryant is next with a 62-yard kick in 2006. Janikowski has the record for longest field goal attempted, trying a 76-yarder in 2008. It came up well short, obviously.

With time winding down in the second quarter and the Broncos down 21-17, Prater's record-setting kick put them down by just one point heading into halftime. It not only put Prater in the record books, but gave the Broncos some welcome momentum against a surprisingly solid performance by the Titans.

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