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Playoffs
12-08-2013, 04:54 PM
Denver placekicker Matt Prater sets new NFL longest Field Goal record of 64 yards just before halftime in the Broncos home game versus the Titans. Temperature was somewhere below 20*F with low winds.

The previous longest field goals were as follows...

63
Tom Dempsey, New Orleans vs. Detroit, Nov. 8, 1970
Jason Elam, Denver vs. Jacksonville, Oct. 25, 1998
Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland at Denver, Sept. 12, 2011
David Akers, San Francisco at Green Bay, Sept. 9, 2012

62
Matt Bryant, Tampa Bay vs. Philadelphia, Oct. 22, 2006 61
Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland at Cleveland, Dec. 27, 2009
Jay Feely, Arizona Cardinals vs. Buffalo Bills, Oct. 14, 2012

60
Steve Cox, Cleveland at Cincinnati, Oct. 21, 1984
Morten Andersen, New Orleans vs. Chicago, Oct. 27, 1991
Rob Bironas, Tennessee vs. Indianapolis, Dec. 3, 2006
Dan Carpenter, Miami vs. Cleveland, Dec. 5, 2010
Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis vs. Seattle, Sept. 30, 2012 http://www.profootballhof.com/history/2012/10/15/long-field-goals-in-NFL-history/#sthash.kzX8s0lY.dpuf

EllisUnit
12-08-2013, 05:26 PM
damn HGH

IDEXAN
12-08-2013, 05:36 PM
How much of an advantage does the elevation at Denver give him vs kicking the ball at sea level in a place like Houston or NOLA ? I know it's an advantage, maybe 2 or 3 yards, maybe more ? That's a given, but a more interesting question is what is the effect from the low temps ?
Low temps represent heavier air, which makes it easier for an airplane for example to take off because it gets more "lift" than in warmer, thinner air ? But what about kicking a FG in low temps vs higher temps ? Don't know, any aeronautical engineering in the crowd ?

Playoffs
12-08-2013, 06:06 PM
How much of an advantage does the elevation at Denver give him vs kicking the ball at sea level in a place like Houston or NOLA ?...

Only comparison I have is golf, where I take 10%-15% off my yardage at 5,000' for club selection.

For FGs, it helps if the team has a way to keep footballs warm on the sidelines for kicks.

Showtime100
12-08-2013, 06:20 PM
How much of an advantage does the elevation at Denver give him vs kicking the ball at sea level in a place like Houston or NOLA ? I know it's an advantage, maybe 2 or 3 yards, maybe more ? That's a given, but a more interesting question is what is the effect from the low temps ?
Low temps represent heavier air, which makes it easier for an airplane for example to take off because it gets more "lift" than in warmer, thinner air ? But what about kicking a FG in low temps vs higher temps ? Don't know, any aeronautical engineering in the crowd ?

All I can help you with is the cold air isn't heavier per se, it's more dense. The colder air allows the engine to use a greater mass of air/fuel mixture in the same intake volume. The result is more power.

Other than that I'll still take Dempsey's half-footed low sea level kick over today's 64-yarder. I say that not having seen the kick....lol. For all I know it hit the Allstate net.

Playoffs
12-08-2013, 08:23 PM
Just barely... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WK6nT-KcPg

Scooter
12-08-2013, 09:56 PM
the elevation plus the wind in denver seem to be good for 5-10 yards on kickoff, a lot of them going into the stands for what it's worth. i can tell you that at those temperatures i'd almost rather kick a bowling ball though, the football feels like a rock when it's below freezing. of course i was a barefoot kicker when i could get away with it so that may be what i remember most lol.

kiwitexansfan
12-09-2013, 01:01 AM
One of the only times actual football players are excited about a kicker.

CretorFrigg
12-09-2013, 01:31 PM
Just barely... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WK6nT-KcPg

Prater usually boots his kickoffs out of the end zone, but he wasn't this game because of the weather. He's got a strong leg.

Texecutioner
12-09-2013, 02:06 PM
Manning has always had all of these teams stacked with talent. Is this the most talented team he has ever been gifted to work with? I think so personally.

Texaninlild
12-09-2013, 04:16 PM
Imagine how different the game would be if the goal post was still at the front of the end zone?? :spin:

The Pencil Neck
12-09-2013, 05:17 PM
Imagine how different the game would be if the goal post was still at the front of the end zone?? :spin:

The 50 yard line would be extreme field goal range everywhere instead of just in Denver and in Denver, you wouldn't even have to get into your opponents territory.

Troy Chapman
12-11-2013, 08:28 AM
Even more crazy is seeing Prater knock them through from 70 yards in warm ups in warmer weather.

infantrycak
12-11-2013, 09:47 AM
Even more crazy is seeing Prater knock them through from 70 yards in warm ups in warmer weather.

They said while he was doing it that those were different balls.

Dread-Head
12-11-2013, 10:36 AM
They said while he was doing it that those were different balls.

:thinking: So...how far you go...is dependent...on your balls?

FirstTexansFan
12-11-2013, 11:57 AM
:thinking: So...how far you go...is dependent...on your balls?

Stay off Bulletin Boards they said.... a waste of your time they said.... and here, the best analogy of life I've ever read :)

Troy Chapman
12-11-2013, 01:47 PM
They said while he was doing it that those were different balls.

Using footballs not deemed as game kicking footballs I am guessing. The officials set aside 6 footballs pre-game for special teams.

infantrycak
12-11-2013, 05:17 PM
Using footballs not deemed as game kicking footballs I am guessing. The officials set aside 6 footballs pre-game for special teams.

No he specifically said they do not weigh the same. Not sure why you would practice with a different weight ball and maybe the guy is wrong but that is what he said.

Double Barrel
12-11-2013, 05:44 PM
One of the only times actual football players are excited about a kicker.

Funny thing is that kickers and punters are the only ones able to legally touch the ball with their feet in football. Leftovers from a bygone era when scoring was allegedly accomplished by kicking the ball.

TheIronDuke
12-11-2013, 05:46 PM
Funny thing is that kickers and punters are the only ones able to legally touch the ball with their feet in football. Leftovers from a bygone era when scoring was allegedly accomplished by kicking the ball.

Are you sure about that? I know I remember a couple of QBs definitely one being Tom Brady pooch punt.

Double Barrel
12-11-2013, 05:51 PM
Are you sure about that? I know I remember a couple of QBs definitely one being Tom Brady pooch punt.

oh yeah, you're right. There are still some obscure rules in the books that crafty coaches exploit every once in awhile. Always weird to see and something I obviously rarely remember!

On a side note, aren't kickers in the history books as the top scorers in the NFL? I thought I'd heard recently that the top 10 leaders in career points are kickers.

Scooter
12-11-2013, 08:31 PM
On a side note, aren't kickers in the history books as the top scorers in the NFL? I thought I'd heard recently that the top 10 leaders in career points are kickers.

i believe so. i dont know if it's the top 10, but if i remember correctly the andersons (mort and gary?) held the top 2 spots.

infantrycak
12-11-2013, 08:50 PM
On a side note, aren't kickers in the history books as the top scorers in the NFL? I thought I'd heard recently that the top 10 leaders in career points are kickers.

Top 10 career scorers:

1. Morten Andersen 2,544 1982-2007 5TM
2. Gary Anderson 2,434 1982-2004 5TM
3. Jason Hanson 2,150 1992-2012 det
4. John Carney 2,062 1988-2010 7TM
5. Matt Stover 2,004 1991-2009 3TM
6. George Blanda+ 2,002 1949-1975 4TM
7. Jason Elam 1,983 1993-2009 2TM
8. Adam Vinatieri 1,972 1996-2013 2TM
9. John Kasay 1,970 1991-2011 3TM
10. Norm Johnson 1,736 1982-1999 4TM

Jerry Rice is the first non-kicker at 31.

But QBs are not considered to have scored. The points go to the receivers. Peyton would have 2886 passing points.

Double Barrel
12-12-2013, 12:09 PM
Top 10 career scorers:



Jerry Rice is the first non-kicker at 31.

But QBs are not considered to have scored. The points go to the receivers. Peyton would have 2886 passing points.

Holy cow about Manning! :shocked

Thanks for the heads up about Rice at 31. Interesting bit of trivia.

badboy
12-12-2013, 02:26 PM
:thinking: So...how far you go...is dependent...on your balls?Or there about.. although I do think income sometimes plays a part.

Dread-Head
12-16-2013, 10:43 AM
Or there about.. although I do think income sometimes plays a part.


pity...it would be nice to see someone succeed because of their BALLS...