Justin Tucker: In Denver with perfect weather, I’m good from 84 yards

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The longest field goal in NFL history was 64 yards, kicked by Matt Prater in Denver in 2013. Ravens kicker Justin Tucker thinks he can make one from longer than that — 20 yards longer.

Tucker said on NFL Network that if he were in Denver and the weather were perfect, he could go beyond 84 yards.

“We think about these things really specifically,” Tucker said. “If conditions are prime, like last season we opened up in Denver, the weather was warm, the field was nice, and you’re up at altitude so the ball just carries. In pregame I think I hit the crossbar from 85, so if the situation is just prime, then maybe 84 and a half yards.”

Kickers have estimated that their field goal range is about 10 percent longer in the altitude Denver than at sea level, so Prater’s 64-yard field goal is less impressive than the old record of 63 yards that Tom Dempsey set in New Orleans in 1970. But if Tucker nailed one from beyond 80 yards, that would be the most impressive kick in NFL history no matter where he hit it.

Unfortunately, the Ravens don’t play in Denver this year.

79 responses to “Justin Tucker: In Denver with perfect weather, I’m good from 84 yards

  1. Ummm, Justin, kicking in pregame isn’t quite the same thing as kicking when facing a field goal block unit with the pressure of a real game.

    Maybe 70 yards, but certainly not 84 under those conditions.

  2. OK, Coach Rivera – you want to really earn that Riverboat Ron nickname? Week 1, we are 4th & 10 on our own 40, send Gano out there for the 78-yard FG!

    Or maybe Tucker has completely lost his mind……….

  3. If altitude adds 10%, then Tucker should be able to hit a 76 harder at sea level. His career long is 61 … 15 yards LESS than what he relatively suggests. He needs to think before he speaks.

  4. Milwaukee-born Dempsey was brute strength, not finesse. He kicked straight-on, not soccer style. He was also missing toes on his right foot and fingers on his right hand from a birth defect. He kicked it at sea level, and kicked it for the win.

    The longest distance is one thing. The most impressive kick is Dempsey’s.

  5. Talk is cheap, back up your boast and you’ll hold that record (84 field goal) for your lifetime, and probably all time.

  6. It’s not the distance that is the problem or even the accuracy. It it the elevation to avoid the kick being blocked.

    Long field goal attempts require more strength and a more gradual ascent of the football, the trajectory. That’s why it is much harder to block a 20 yard field goal attempt than a 55 yard attempt.

    Plenty of kicker kick 60 yard field goals with ease in warmups before games, but that is because they aren’t facing a defense. Look at the trajectory of those long field goals. Much lower than for short field goals.

  7. 84 yards with perfect weather, no defenders rushing, no OL in the way, no fans screaming trying to cause lost concentration and the perfect snap and ball placement.

  8. 84 yards with perfect weather, no defenders rushing, no linemen in the way, no fans trying to cause lost concentration and the perfect snap and placement.

  9. This isn’t really up for debate. Missing a field goal from 84 yards out leaves the opposing team in too good of field position to justify the risk. Unless the game was on the line in the last few seconds, no team would try this. Would be cool to see though.

  10. guitarkevin says:
    Aug 4, 2016 9:22 AM

    But can he bull’s-eye a womp rat with a T-sixteen?

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    This comment is pure win…

  11. When I was in eighth grade we had a coach in his mid thirties that could hake 60 yarders all day long, sometimes 70. He never played football, but he was an Olympic shot putter. So a professional kicker, ya I could see it,

  12. He just booted a 69-70 yarder in practice the other day. Dude has a leg. Of course John probably wouldn’t ask him to do it in a game but the fact he can is pretty cool. Most kickers can’t.

    But please, make yourself feel better today by hating on an optimistic (and very talented) kicker. Go you.

  13. thebillscouldeventuallymove says:
    Aug 4, 2016 9:04 AM
    Give me a break. Kicking 84 yards in practice or pregame warm-ups is not the same as a game. Otherwise Sebastian Janikowski would have crushed the record long ago

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    I’ve seen more than one person make basically this same comment. He never said anything about doing it in a game, all he said was that he did it in practice, but for some reason people are twisting his words around and using it to get offended.

  14. Isn’t there a rule where if you fair catch a kickoff you get a field goal attempt where the other team can’t block it? I’m sure I remember Bill Walsh doing this (can’t remember the kicker) in late 80s/early 90s.

  15. The irony of bragging about how a lower atmospheric pressure conveys a significant advantage to the team. This must have just sent the physics PhDs and integrity specialists scrambling over at the league office.

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    paul82461 says:
    Aug 4, 2016 8:38 AM
    Sebastian Janikowski 2011 in Denver…63 yards, always leaving the Raiders out.
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    64>63. Math. It’s important.

  17. Tom Brady : In Foxboro, with the Deflator, I’m good for 30 tds/ 0 fumbles

  18. “And when you miss the kick wide to either side, the other team has the ball on the 26. Go back to bed Justin, you’re drunk.”

    You seem not to realize coaches would not let him try unless it’s the last play of first half, or the end of the game while trailing.

    Not to mention all purely academic until he plays in Denver.

  19. cribbage12 says:
    Aug 4, 2016 8:35 AM
    Walsh hit 3 of 7 from 27 yards so far in camp.

    LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

    Lol…. Mid season form….LOL

  20. His only shot at it would be at the end of the first half, so no time was remaining for the other team to promptly kick a 30 yarder. End of game? I severely doubt it.

  21. It doesn’t really matter. To kick from 84 yards, the trajectory of the ball would be extremely low to the ground making it almost certain to be blocked.

    But if he made it, hell… I’d give them 5 points instead of 3.

  22. A buddy of mine was a kicker at a major college. He says 75+ yards is pretty common in practice for any decent kicker.
    Like so many have said here, it’s trajectory, not distance.

  23. Practice kicks don’t count for much because the kicker doesn’t have to account for getting the ball over the line. As such, they can flatten out the early trajectory which causes the ball to carry further.

    In other words, you have to kick the ball with an increased upward angle with a line in front of you and that automatically shortens the kick.

  24. I’m sure a lot of kickers have enough leg to make it from 70+ yards. The problem of keeping it straight enough from that far out makes it a low-percentage shot. Combine that with giving away such field positions, and teams just aren’t going to try it. Could a few kickers go 80+ yards in Denver? Probably.

  25. Dude made a 61 yarder in Detroit.

    If the Ravens were in Denver, had the ball with no time left at the end of a half and happened to be in that position, I’d watch. Otherwise, I’ll just be happy he plays for my favorite team.

  26. orange and blue own the nfl says:
    Aug 4, 2016 10:03 AM

    Tom Brady : In Foxboro, with the Deflator, I’m good for 30 tds/ 0 fumbles

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    Musta missed the part where the fumble stat turned out to be totally false. Also, why didn’t the Patriots fumbles increase last season? Yeah…that’s right. Worry about your boy Miller cheating the PED test.

  27. so does this mean if there was a strong wind to his back he could kick the full length of the field?

  28. joetoronto says:
    Aug 4, 2016 10:29 AM
    You’re just going to have to take his word for it.

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    no one respects your opinion

  29. That long a field goal will never happen at halftime or during a tied game. There is a little used rule. If a fieldgoal is missed and the clock expires, the other team gets an untimed play from the spot. So if he is kicking from his 30 (for an 80 yard field goal) and misses, then Denver would get a play at the visitor’s 30. 30 + 7 + 10 = 47 yard field goal. So it can only sensibly happen on the last play of the game when denver is winning by less than or equal to 3. 8 regular games a year in Denver. It is unlikely to happen any time in the next handful of seasons.

  30. hoops737 says:
    Aug 4, 2016 9:23 AM

    Dempsey also had a half foot so there’s that.
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    And he also had a steel plate in his cleat in front of his stub foot, so there’s that also.

  31. @stellarperformance, TD’s foot gave him a huge advantage. Or perhaps you think a Callaway Big Bertha is really no better than a drive from the 60’s?

    And this whole altitude thing, can’t be true. We just watched the NFL poo-poo the notion that science and air pressure have no effect on footballs so it must be true for altitude as well, nyet?

    Let’s face it, any distance record or passing stat made in Denver should have an asterisk. Playing there is the same as using an underinflated ball according to our venerable experts.

  32. Hard for the conditions to be right, but for the game scenario and the conditions to be right it would be tough.

    It would have to be a last second attempt where 3 points could tie or win the game and the risk of a blocked kick would be worth it. A long kick like that would be hard to get over the line of scrimmage.

  33. kenrobinson12 says:
    Aug 4, 2016 11:48 AM

    Dude made a 61 yarder in Detroit.

    If the Ravens were in Denver, had the ball with no time left at the end of a half and happened to be in that position, I’d watch. Otherwise, I’ll just be happy he plays for my favorite team.

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    actually, it would have to be the end of the game I think. At the end of the first half you would never risk a block from that far away.

  34. Denver has had an opposing kicker for every game in their history, including Tucker (three times). There seems to be so many kickers who claim they can easily make kicks from more than 70-80 yards in Mile High, but why haven’t any of them done it?

  35. I love how no one ever mentions the kick that Prater did was mid December, and it was a balmy 3 degrees on the field. He booted the record breaker with room to spare. When it’s that cold, your foot is frozen, the ground is frozen, and it’s like kicking a rock with a frozen foot. Let’s just say I doubt pretty boy Justin could manage that.

  36. Aug 4, 2016 12:17 PM – dartmouthstevens says: … There is a little used rule. If a fieldgoal is missed and the clock expires, the other team gets an untimed play from the spot….

    That is complete non-sense. You’re probably thinking of the fair catch kick, which is rarely used and almost completely different.

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