Posted December 08, 2013

Broncos kicker Matt Prater sets NFL record with 64-yard field goal

AFC West, Denver Broncos
Matt Prater made NFL history on Sunday afternoon.

Matt Prater made NFL history on Sunday afternoon. (Jack Dempsey/AP)

Yes, Denver kickers are aided by the mile-high altitude in their home city. But I don’t care if you’re doing it from the top of Mt. Everest — if you make a field goal from 64 yards out, that is a singularly impressive accomplishment. That is also an NFL record, and Broncos kicker Matt Prater achieved that feat with three seconds left in the first half of the Broncos’ Sunday afternoon game against the Tennessee Titans.

The kick moved the Broncos closer to the Titans at the half; it had been as competitive as the 21-20 score might suggest. But even if the Broncos win this game and wrap up the AFC West as a result, you can bet everyone will be talking about Prater’s accomplishment. He broke the long-standing NFL record of 63 yards, first set by Tom Dempsey of the New Orleans Saints in 1970, and tied by Denver’s Jason Elam in 1998, and Oakland’s Sebastian Janikowski in 2011.

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Prater, a seven-year veteran, has made 17 of his 18 field goal tries this season (at least, those were his numbers as of the record-setter), and he’s made 5-of-6 from 50 yards or more.

19 comments
afeltes
afeltes

Plenty of NFL kickers have the leg for it.  The trickiest part is the potential for a return (And remember, no gunners) and the kicks are only tried at the end of a half or game because of the risk of giving the opponent the ball in great field position for a slim chance at 3 points.  

This doesn't happen all that often.  

As a Broncos fan, I recall one attempt by Elam (After he had tied the record before) when the Broncos were playing the Ravens in which they returned it for a TD at the half.  

ErnestineGarcia
ErnestineGarcia

There's a few haters on here but you know what they say Don't Hate The Player Hate The Game he's in the NFL Books it doesn't even matter what any body says he set the league record

EricChambers
EricChambers

64 yds is 64 yds with wind or not & does not matter where it was kicked so long as it was done in an Official NFL game.

EricChambers
EricChambers

@Dumptruck As a loyal Broncos fan the feeling is mutual But I must commend you for your comment & giving credit where credit is due. 

riley8
riley8

If Prater was kicking ANYWHERE else he can't kick a 64 yarder.  He'll have the record but EVERYONE will know the truth.

Scramble
Scramble

It's like in the Olympics, if there is a breeze behind you the record doesn't count.

EricChambers
EricChambers

It really doesn't what any kicker has done in the past now. All kicks for the previous record was for 63, This kick was for 64 A New Record! So until someone ties it or breaks it Matt Prater all the credit is yours! 

Dumptruck
Dumptruck

OUTSTANDING!!! Hey, I hate the Broncos (as a loyal Raider fan, it's in the by-laws) but love it when an long standing record is broken. Good for him!

ManilTrivedi
ManilTrivedi

What about David Akers, the only kicker to tie the record outside of Denver?


George
George

@riley8 That snarky sour grapes comment makes YOU the loser.

David G
David G

@riley8 You one funny guy.  In the temperature today?  Take that into consideration.  You sound bitter.

afeltes
afeltes

@Dumptruck Janikowski was robbed of an opportunity earlier this year in Denver.

Dumptruck
Dumptruck

@ManilTrivedi it' don't matter. with gronk KO'd for the rest of the season, you guys will need every field goal Akers can crank-out

NEsports27
NEsports27

@Dumptruck @ManilTrivedi 1 There's no evidence yet Gronk is done for the year 2 Akers plays for Detroit, how are you in any way associating him with the Pats?

Herskow
Herskow

@Dumptruck, your response doesn't make any sense. Akers plays for the Lions so what he does this season doesn't mean anything for the Pats.