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

Sunday December 8th, 2013

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.

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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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