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Matt Prater breaks league record with 64-yarder

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A lot of stuff happened in the waning moments of the first half of the Titans-Broncos game, but only one of them was historic.

Broncos kicker Matt Prater broke an NFL record with a 64-yard field goal (which would have been good from at least 65 1/2) to break the previous record of 63.

Making that kind of kick anywhere is impressive, and any advantage he gained from elevation is probably negated by the frigid conditions in Denver, which can turn the K-ball into a brick.

That cut the Titans lead to 21-20 at halftime, of a game more hard-hitting than the score would indicate.

In fact, Wes Welker left the field shortly before Prater’s record kick, shaken up by a hit from Titans safety George Wilson.

It’s been a physical game, and the Titans have run for three touchdowns.

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34 Responses to “Matt Prater breaks league record with 64-yarder”
  1. jojopuppyfish says: Dec 8, 2013 5:58 PM

    Congratulations! One of the all time great records has fallen

  2. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 8, 2013 5:59 PM

    * 5280 feet above sea level

  3. thepftpoet says: Dec 8, 2013 6:00 PM

    The elevation of Mile High caused the FG to go farther…

    Congrats on the FG… Blair Walsh is still better

  4. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 8, 2013 6:00 PM

    Tom Dempsey’s record >>> Any record set at altitude

  5. railcarcowboy says: Dec 8, 2013 6:03 PM

    It was a great run Tom Dempsey

  6. logicalvoicesays says: Dec 8, 2013 6:04 PM

    Never thought it’d be broken. Congrats kid. You should consider being a Redskin one day.

  7. spicymudbugs says: Dec 8, 2013 6:04 PM

    That would have barely went 58 yds anywhere else

  8. redsox711 says: Dec 8, 2013 6:07 PM

    Let’s see him make that kick out of Denver

  9. brenenostler says: Dec 8, 2013 6:10 PM

    C’mon Darin, give the kicker a little respect and make it a top story

  10. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 8, 2013 6:12 PM

    David Akers 63 yarder at Lambeau is the only kick that equals Dempsey’s field goal.

    Though…. Akers used a “doctored” kicking ball.

  11. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Dec 8, 2013 6:22 PM

    Matt Prater is money! Go Broncos!

  12. dodohead418 says: Dec 8, 2013 6:25 PM

    Congrats to Matt Prater!

  13. mataug says: Dec 8, 2013 6:25 PM

    Congrats Matt. If it was so easy to kick it there, why hasn’t anybody else done in Denver ?

  14. govtminion says: Dec 8, 2013 6:28 PM

    The scary part is watching the replay, I think that would have been good from a few more yards back- is 70 yards a possibility?

  15. stampnhawk says: Dec 8, 2013 6:30 PM

    So Tom Dempsey’s claim to fame now is being a club foot?

  16. atwatercrushesokoye says: Dec 8, 2013 6:33 PM

    Nick Saban should take note, in the end zone replay you can clearly see the Broncos field goal team getting into their lanes to cover the kick just in case.

  17. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 8, 2013 6:44 PM

    * Modern “doctored” kicking ball AT ALTITUDE

  18. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 8, 2013 6:56 PM

    If Tom Dempsey’s was born with a whole foot (instead of half)…. he could have kicked a 126 yard field goal (at altitude) in Denver.

  19. ghjjf says: Dec 8, 2013 7:03 PM

    Lets see if he can do it non soccer style.

  20. hittfamily says: Dec 8, 2013 7:17 PM

    I always thought it would be the Polish Powderkeg.

  21. Foghorn The IKonoclast says: Dec 8, 2013 7:40 PM

    Dempsey was and still is the greatest! Think about this. Dempsey kicked the ball from the Saints own 37 yard line. I know that the distance was the same, but inside the 40?

    That is cool,

  22. frankiesweep says: Dec 8, 2013 7:40 PM

    Ok, what’s the real record meaning:

    1) Guy doesn’t have a club foot

    2) Plays at sea level.

    That should be the real record.

  23. skippynj says: Dec 8, 2013 8:15 PM

    Dempsey kicked his, 43 years ago, to win a game, in a soup bowl, Tulane Stadium, not a 10 degree day, in a mile high stadium with a rock hard football. Cheers, Mr. Dempsey.

  24. amazingguy101 says: Dec 8, 2013 8:33 PM

    Vikings fan but the best leg for distance is rams kicker. I can’t remember his name though.

  25. boobsmcgoo says: Dec 8, 2013 8:36 PM

    Congratulations from a Saints fan! Typical Internet goofballs trying to belittle this guy’s accomplishment.

  26. shaggymarrs says: Dec 8, 2013 8:52 PM

    To all the naysayers, yes, it was at altitude but the temperature was 15 degrees making the air more dense. Therefore, the altitude argument is invalid.

  27. jrebar88 says: Dec 8, 2013 9:31 PM

    Y’all do know it is harder to kick field goals in cold weather right? Why are the so many negative people on this site? What will they say when Peyton shatters Mr Uggs record?

  28. frankiesweep says: Dec 8, 2013 10:14 PM

    His clubfoot shoe had steel in the front plate. Aided in the flight of the ball.

  29. Foghorn The IKonoclast says: Dec 8, 2013 10:30 PM

    Maybe Frankie but he also had part of an arm and he had his handicaps

  30. skooter519 says: Dec 8, 2013 11:12 PM

    Give the man the cudos that he deserves, I hate negative people

  31. johnniemayes says: Dec 9, 2013 12:46 AM

    It was only 10 degrees outside. Any extra yards from the altitude was negated by dense cold air. Makes this even more of a feat.

  32. rajbais says: Dec 9, 2013 12:59 AM

    The biggest reason behind Tebow’s success is now a record holder.

    It’s so sad that he had to break a record in order to get 1/1,000,000,000 of Tebow’s recognition.

    Prater’s FG is legitimate and, in my opinion, has been the best kicker since 2011. The majority of kickers are accurate, as is he. However, since 2011 he’s proven that he’s got distance.

  33. mayers59 says: Dec 9, 2013 9:49 AM

    High altitude, but cold weather. No matter what, still, a hell of a kick.

  34. footballchic777 says: Dec 9, 2013 1:00 PM

    Records are made to be broken! Congrats Prater! 64 yds is a great feat, and don’t let all the naysayers talking about altitude get to you. Ask them how they would feel kicking a ball in the teens PLUS wind chill factor! Great job!

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