Matt Prater makes 64-yard field goal to set NFL record

7:42 AM, Dec 9, 2013   |    comments
  • Dec 8, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater (5) celebrates with teammates after kicking a 64 yard field goal at the end of the first half against the Tennessee Titans at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
  • Oct 20, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater (5) during the fourth quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts defeated the Broncos 39-33. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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KUSA - Matt Prater set the NFL record with a 64-yard field goal Sunday to pull the Denver Broncos within 21-20 at the end of the first half against the Tennessee Titans.

It would not have made it from 65 yards. 

"It happened so quick, I didn't really have a lot of time to think," Prater said. "I just went out and basically kick it my hardest and luckily it went straight."

Prater's previous long was 59 yards, most recently on Dec. 11, 2011, against Chicago in the final seconds to tie the game at 10 and force overtime. He then hit a 51-yard field goal to win it 13-10 in overtime.

"It was so cold. I knew I hit it pretty good, but with the cold I wasn't sure if it was going to make it," Prater said of Sunday's record-breaker. "When I saw the refs hands go up, I can't even explain how I felt after."

He said he has cleared field goals in practice "in the low-70s" but certainly Sunday's cold weather wouldn't have allowed that.

"We have a lot of confidence in Matt's leg," coach John Fox said. "You always kind of dream of that opportunity occurring, and then to be able to kick it, and in those conditions is really pretty miraculous."

With the temperature hovering around 10 degrees, Prater said "that kind of takes out the altitude factor, I'd say. People are going to say it was in Denver ... but I think the 10-degree weather takes out the altitude." 

Prater hit his first career 59-yarder in 2010 loss against the Jets, and he now is 20-of-26 from 50-plus yards. 

"It was awesome because the whole team rushed the field after the kick," Prater said. "It definitely was a momentum-swing, and I was just happy I got a chance to kick it."

Four kickers held the record at 63 yards: New Orleans' Tom Dempsey first in 1970, then Denver's Jason Elam 1998, Oakland's Sebastian Janikowski in 2011 and San Francisco's David Akers last season. The Janikowski and Elam kicks were in Denver.

Elam's 63-yarder came Oct. 25, 1998, at the end of the first half against Jacksonville. His cleats went to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 

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