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Old 12-08-2013   #1
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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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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

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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

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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
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Default 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 ?
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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.
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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.
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Just barely... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WK6nT-KcPg
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Default Re: Matt Prater sets new NFL longest Field Goal record

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.
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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.
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