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Old 12-10-2013, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Type 0.7 Kardashev
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Bear in mind that colder air is drier air - water molecules are significantly more massive than molecular oxygen and molecular nitrogen (the main components of air). Also, bear in mind that cold contracts the ball as well, which is subsequently slightly smaller, resulting in still less friction as it sails through colder air.

Now, back to the longest field goals in NFL history.

There have been four 63 yard field goals in the history of the NFL. Tom Dempsey of the Saints accomplished it first, down in New Orleans. Then came Jason Elam playing at home in Denver, followed by Sebastian Janikowski playing on the road in Denver, followed by David Akers of the 49ers playing at Green Bay.

And now, there is a 64 yard field goal, also in Denver. That's three of the five 63+ yard field goals in one of 30 (current) metro areas with an NFL franchise. Not a coincidence.

Oh, and the only field goal of at least 63 yard in an NFL exhibition game? Ola Kimrin Broncos in a game in, yes, Denver. It went for 65 yards. And he was cut after the game!
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Old 12-10-2013, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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Matt Bryant 62 yard game winner - YouTube

Matt Bryant also kicked a 62 yd FG... in Florida.

He should at least get an * by his kick since it wasn't in Denver or Green Bay.
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Old 12-11-2013, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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The most impressive stat was that Tom Dempsey original record stood for 43 years..!

Ironically, My son, who is a football junkie, was reading some football records in the Guinness book on Friday or Saturday night. I remember it specifically because he only knew the name David Akers from the list of longest field goals and he asked me if you get extra Fantasy points if your kicker breaks a record like that.. everything evolves around fantasy now..

Imagine his surprise when I paused the game on Sunday, called him up from downstairs, to watch an attempt at a 64 yarder... and it was good. it tickled so much that he wanted to erase the names in the Guinness book right then and there..
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Old 12-11-2013, 07:59 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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Over-shadowed by the 50+ points but what a kick. Can we get some D now?
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Old 12-11-2013, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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the amazing thing to me is that it has taken so long for the >63 yd field goal to be made given the improvement of the kickers over recent years, the proliferation of indoor stadiums and the weekly examples of kickers kicking 55 yd and greater field goals seemingly 10 yards and farther past the cross bar. Seriously doubt that Prater's record will last very long.

Even with the decreased amount of doctoring the kickers can now do with their dozen k-balls issued, accuracy and distance continue to improve, 13 of the top 14 all-time, most accurate field goal kickers are active today and there is talk regarding narrowing the goal posts for the first time since the league was founded almost 100 years ago.

Jan Stenerud is the only full-time kicker in the HOF and his career accuracy of .668 ranks 112th on the all-time list.

Craig: Field-goal accuracy begs question

The Dreaded K-ball | Kickology

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Old 12-11-2013, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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What is the one thing all these 60 plus yard field goals have in common? They all came at the end of a half or game. There is no penalty for missing a 60 plus yard field goal at the end of a game or half (apologies to all you 'bama fans) but there is during normal game situations. That's why you simply don't see these long field goals attempted that much... these situations simply don't come up every game..
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Old 12-11-2013, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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I think I was watching the Dempsey FG live because they were playing Detroit and it would have playoff implications. I remember they had a tall receiver back at the crossbar to jump up to try and block it as it went thru and Karras slamming his helmet down on the turf immediately after.
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Old 12-11-2013, 11:41 PM
 
Location: The 719
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Kicking 63+ yard field goals before half time is what the Broncos do prior to winning the next two superbowls. Yawn. Then the aging qb comes to the podium and discusses why he does/does not decide to return for a third.

I've seen it all before.
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Old 12-14-2013, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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What is the one thing all these 60 plus yard field goals have in common? They all came at the end of a half or game.
So did all the misses...

The failed tries to break the 63-yard field-goal record - NFL.com

A must see video.
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Old 12-17-2013, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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Question...

Does Tucker get a spot in the record books for his 61 yard kick last night?

It was the longest kick in NFL history in a domed stadium where there was no wind and/or elevation to aid the kicker. Just sayin'...
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