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There’s a new record for the longest field goal in NFL history

Matt Prater of the Denver Broncos kicked successfully from 64-yards last night.

Matt Prater, left, celebrates with Britton Colquitt.
Matt Prater, left, celebrates with Britton Colquitt.
Image: Jack Dempsey/AP/Press Association Images

DENVER BRONCOS MATT Prater kicked a record 64-yard field goal on the final play of the first half of an NFL game against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

The goal kick broke the previous record of 63 yards shared by Tom Dempsey (1970), Jason Elam (1998), Sebastian Janikowski (2011) and David Akers (2011).

Prater, 29, had a previous career best of 59 yards.

Janikowski missed on a 64-yard attempt in 2007. He also attempted a 76 yarder a year later.

This marked the 20th kick of at least 50 yards for Prater who has attempted 26 field goals from 50 yards or longer.

Quarterback Peyton Manning completed a seven yard pass to tight end Jacob Tamme with three seconds left in the half, setting the stage for Prater’s historic kick. The Broncos went on to win 51-28.

After going undrafted in 2006, Prater was signed by the Detroit Lions but failed to make the team. He then signed with the Atlanta Falcons, making his NFL debut a year later.

© AFP 2013



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