Matt Prater Breaks NFL Record with 64-Yard Field Goal vs. Titans

Tim KeeneyContributor IDecember 8, 2013

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Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Eric Decker, Julius Thomas, Knowshon Moreno, Montee Ball and Matt Prater. The Denver Broncos sure do have a lot of offensive weapons.    

If you're throwing your shoe in anger at seeing a kicker included on that list, just watch what Prater did to end the first half against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday:

GIF courtesy of BR

That would be a 64-yard field goal—a new NFL record:

Here's another angle at the boot from the other side of midfield via CJZero, which might not have made it from 64.1 yards out:

GIF courtesy of CJ Fogler (@CJZero on Twitter)

According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, four kickers had previously buried 63-yard kicks: Tom Dempsey with the New Orleans Saints in 1970, Jason Elam with the Broncos in 1998, the Oakland Raiders' Sebastian Janikowski in 2011 and David Akers with the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1 last season. 

Like Prater's on Sunday, both Elam and Janikowski accomplished their feat at Mile High Stadium, taking advantage of the thin air at altitude. 

Nevertheless, thin air or no thin air, drilling a football 64 yards right down the middle in 14-degree weather is quite impressive and puts Matt Prater's name in the history books.