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.