Matt Prater sets new NFL longest Field Goal record

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  1. Playoffs

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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...

    http://www.profootballhof.com/histo...ld-goals-in-NFL-history/#sthash.kzX8s0lY.dpuf
     
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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 ?
     
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    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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    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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    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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    One of the only times actual football players are excited about a kicker.
     
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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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    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.
     
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    Imagine how different the game would be if the goal post was still at the front of the end zone?? :spin:
     
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    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.
     
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    Even more crazy is seeing Prater knock them through from 70 yards in warm ups in warmer weather.
     
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    They said while he was doing it that those were different balls.
     
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    :thinking: So...how far you go...is dependent...on your balls?
     
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    Using footballs not deemed as game kicking footballs I am guessing. The officials set aside 6 footballs pre-game for special teams.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Are you sure about that? I know I remember a couple of QBs definitely one being Tom Brady pooch punt.
     

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