Sebastian Janikowski ties NFL record for longest field goal

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Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski tied an NFL record on Monday night when he booted a 63-yard field goal just before halftime.

The last 63-yard field goal was also aided by the altitude of Denver, booted by Jason Elam in 1998. The other 63-yard field goal was kicked by Tom Dempsey of the Saints in New Orleans in 1970.

Janikowski has long been renowned for having one of the strongest legs in football. Last year he hit a 59-yard field goal, and in 2009 he made one from 61 yards. In 2007 Janikowski hit the upright on a missed 64-yard attempt that was long enough that it could have been good from 70 yards. And in 2008 Janikowski attempted a 76-yard field goal, although that one came up a good 20 yards short.

Now Janikowski has his name in the record book: He’s the only player in NFL history with two field goals of 60-plus yards, and he has a field goal as long as any NFL player has ever kicked.

72 responses to “Sebastian Janikowski ties NFL record for longest field goal

  1. That was amazing, Sebastian is a hal of famer when its all said and done.

    this has been the most exciting week of football ive ever seen

  2. This just in. Increased foot fat leads to longer distances on kicks.

    You will now see a ton of overweight kickers on every roster…and wait…Michelle Obama has just called for all 14 Janikowski jerseys to be burned immediately.

  3. @david7590

    I don’t think you are in a position to decide who is worthy of being labeled a “football” player, seeing as you are posting in an internet thread at all.

  4. Same ol Raiders. Penalties to keep a team still in the game, that they’ve shouldve blown out. Lot of fighting, and crap talking going back and forth, so Raiders lost their cool late…Denver will win this, if Raiders dont put them away.

  5. He must have takin a couple shots of jack before he kicked it,he only kicks well when he’s a little liquord up.

  6. @david7590

    You are a moron. Just because kickers aren’t jacked-up meatheads absolutely does not mean they aren’t football players. Can you kick a 60 yard+ field goal? No. Do these guys workout and train with the team? Yes. Maybe they are not as good of athletes as some, but to say they are not football players is disingenuous at best. Moron.

  7. mataug says:
    Sep 13, 2011 12:45 AM
    still cannot believe that the Raiders drafted a kicker in the first round.

    I understand that’s not the norm for an NFL team to draft a kicker with such a high draft choice, but you can’t deny it turned out to be a great pick. Gotta be one of the best this decade for that team. Janikowski is that good. Al Davis solidified that part of the team for years with a pro bowl player. If the raiders actually competed every week and were back in the playoff mix on a yearly basis, they would have a damn good shot at every close game they played with janikowski’s accuracy and distance. So many NFL teams go through kickers like beers on Sunday but the raiders don’t even have to focus on that they know there guy has the edge every week. Plus he is huge and will f@&k you up on the kick return. Perfect raider. They love him in oakland.

  8. david 7590 says:

    @seattlerogueburner:

    Kickers aren’t football players

    Do YOU play football? You’re not a football player…

  9. Thats impressive especially with the rain and field conditions.

    I was also surprised that he didn’t have to rekick, as that was one of the 3 plays the Raiders didn’t get flagged in the first half.

  10. Have you seen Jano lately? He’s not fat, he takes care of himself, he has not been in any trouble for years, and if he played for a team that was worth a darn the last 10 years he would be a Pro Bowler.

  11. I hope the guy who predicted SeaBass as a Hall of Famer is trolling, and doesn’t really think he would ever be considered. Ridiculous.

    Kickers should not even get to wear helmets. They should be issued hats. Maybe a nice fez in team colors….

  12. It was probably 64 yards, but they wouldn’t give it to him.He responded appropriately when talking briefly to the sportscaster.I have seen him tackle a player, so “david7590”, he is a football player.His stats and impact on the game speak for themselves, much more convincingly than you.

  13. How is it that Janikowski has accomplished all of these things but has never been to the Pro Bowl? Just more proof of the anti-Raider jealousy that’s still around.
    And for all those who dispute that drafting him in the first round was the right move tell me this: Who was drafted in the first round that year that is a) still around or b) has been as much of an impact player as Janikowski has? That’s what I thought.

  14. shane lechler booted a 77 yard punt in this game too. Which leads to the obvious question. Who wins an ass kicking contest between #9 & #11. Go raiders!!!

  15. It’s amazing that Dempsey kicked that field goal in the thick humidity of New Orleans in 1970 when the other two needed that mile high altitude to hit their goals.

  16. @
    mataug says:

    still cannot believe that the Raiders drafted a kicker in the first round
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    2000 NFL draft

    players drafted after jano

    Shaun Alexander
    Stockar McDougle
    Sylvester Morris
    Chris McIntosh
    Rashard Anderson
    Ahmed Plummer
    Chris Hovan
    Erik Flowers
    Anthony Becht
    Rob Morris
    R. Jay Soward
    Keith Bulluck
    Trung Canidate

    name more than 5 players that with a better career, I will give you two

    Shaun Alexander
    Keith Bulluck

    rams (most complete team 2000) I’m sure they would rather have Jano compared to the COMPLETE BUST in Canidate

  17. ivegotbigblogs says:
    Sep 13, 2011 12:47 AM
    This just in. Increased foot fat leads to longer distances on kicks.

    You will now see a ton of overweight kickers on every roster…and wait…Michelle Obama has just called for all 14 Janikowski jerseys to be burned immediately.
    =================================
    have you seen pitchers in the MLB??? who cares if hes fat? hes on the field and ur the sitting there watching.

  18. @David 7590:

    If a kicker is kicking footballs, stats being tracked, points being made, and records being set on the football field…He must be a football player…keep your stupid comments to yourself and give respect where respect is do.

    Congratulations Sea Bass!! Go Raiders

  19. He needs to finally get a taste of the Pro Bowl. We all know, if he played for the Cowboys or Patriots he would be a Pro Bowl regular. With SD K out he needs to be voted in..

  20. Think it’s about time the NFL put this guy in a Pro Bowl? Looping over due for a future Hall of Famer.

  21. Didnt matt bryant make a 63yd field goal in regular season to help the bucs beat the eagles a few years back? Im pretty sure he did and he hasnt been mentioned at all

  22. Love Janikowski and it’s an all time kick, but what Tom Dempsey did, kicking it below sea level, strait on with half a foot blows my mind.

    It’s funny that Janikowski and Dempsey are built the same. Jason Elam? Feh.

  23. Sooner or later he’s going to kick a 70 yarder. I’ll take a fat kicker anyday if he keeps kicking like this. Think there are a few teams with skinny kickers that wouldn’t trade for Jano is a second.

  24. It was really only a matter of time until Janikowski did this. That is the kick people will remember, but his 61yd OT winner in the snow at Cleveland was even more impressive in my mind.

  25. ilovefoolsball says: Sep 13, 2011 2:28 AM

    It’s amazing that Dempsey kicked that field goal in the thick humidity of New Orleans in 1970 when the other two needed that mile high altitude to hit their goals.
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    Sorry, but I have to disagree.

    Dempsey “disadvantage” was actually an advantage when it came to long distance FG’s. He was a straight on kicker, like they all were back then, and with that perfectly flat front of his foot, he could kill the ball.

    Accuracy was another story though.

  26. ilovefoolsball says:
    Sep 13, 2011 2:28 AM

    It’s amazing that Dempsey kicked that field goal in the thick humidity of New Orleans in 1970 when the other two needed that mile high altitude to hit their goals.
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    It’s amazing that Dempsey had what a lot of people considered an advantage with a squared off shoe custom made for his deformed foot while the other two had to tie the record with regular pointed-toe shows.

  27. racerx1225 says:Sep 13, 2011 1:51 AM

    With Lechler it gives the Raiders the best kicking and special teams in the league.

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    I dont know about having the best special teams, but the kicker and punter are pretty good. They dont make the special teams, theyre just 1 guy out of 11. Ill agree that Jano is the best kicker in the game, but as a Bills fan Ill see your Lechler with Moorman

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