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Playoffs 12-08-2013 05:54 PM

Matt Prater sets new NFL longest Field Goal record
 
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...

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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/histor....kzX8s0lY.dpuf

EllisUnit 12-08-2013 06:26 PM

Re: Matt Prater sets new NFL longest Field Goal record
 
damn HGH

IDEXAN 12-08-2013 06:36 PM

Re: Matt Prater sets new NFL longest Field Goal record
 
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 07:06 PM

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Originally Posted by IDEXAN (Post 2265852)
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 07:20 PM

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Originally Posted by IDEXAN (Post 2265852)
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 09:23 PM

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Just barely... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WK6nT-KcPg

Scooter 12-08-2013 10:56 PM

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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 02:01 AM

Re: Matt Prater sets new NFL longest Field Goal record
 
One of the only times actual football players are excited about a kicker.

CretorFrigg 12-09-2013 02:31 PM

Re: Matt Prater sets new NFL longest Field Goal record
 
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Originally Posted by Playoffs (Post 2265945)

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 03:06 PM

Re: Matt Prater sets new NFL longest Field Goal record
 
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 05:16 PM

Re: Matt Prater sets new NFL longest Field Goal record
 
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 06:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Texaninlild (Post 2266421)
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 09:28 AM

Re: Matt Prater sets new NFL longest Field Goal record
 
Even more crazy is seeing Prater knock them through from 70 yards in warm ups in warmer weather.

infantrycak 12-11-2013 10:47 AM

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Originally Posted by Troy Chapman (Post 2267309)
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 11:36 AM

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Originally Posted by infantrycak (Post 2267345)
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 12:57 PM

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Originally Posted by Dread-Head (Post 2267385)
: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 02:47 PM

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Originally Posted by infantrycak (Post 2267345)
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 06:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Troy Chapman (Post 2267499)
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 06:44 PM

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Originally Posted by kiwitexansfan (Post 2266073)
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 06:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Double Barrel (Post 2267598)
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.


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