Janikowski ties NFL record with 63-yard FG

Tuesday September 13th, 2011

Sebastian Janikowski became the third player in NFL history to hit a 53-yard field goal. (Kirby Lee/US Presswire)

Sebastian Janikowski ended an ugly first half of football between the Raiders and Broncos on Monday by etching his name in the NFL record books.

On the final play of the second quarter, Janikowski drilled a 63-yard field goal, matching the Saints' Tom Dempsey and the Broncos' Jason Elam for the longest make in league history.

Janikowski also hit from 37 and 21 yards as Oakland took a 16-3 halftime lead, in a game that featured 16 combined penalties in the opening 30 minutes.

Now in his 12th season with the Raiders, Janikowski has long boasted one of the strongest kicking legs in the league. In 2009, he nailed a 61-yard field goal against the Browns -- his make Monday made him the first kicker in NFL history with two field goals of 60-plus yards. Earlier Monday night, in the Patriots' victory over Miami, Tom Brady and Wes Welker also matched an NFL record by connecting on a 99-yard touchdown pass.

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