Longest field goals in NFL history:
1. 66 yards, Justin Tucker, Ravens, 2021
2. 64 yards, Matt Prater, Denver, 2013
3. 63 yards
- Tom Dempsey, New Orleans, 1970
- Jason Elam, Denver, 1998
- Sebastien Janikowski, Raiders, 2011
- David Akers, 49ers, 2012 (twice)
- Graham Gano, Panthers, 2018
4. 62 yards
- Matt Bryant, Tampa Bay, 2006
- Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots, 2017
- Brett Maher, Cowboys, 2018 & 2019
- Matt Prater, Arizona, 2021
Former Estero High School kicker Matt Prater not only has kicked some of the longest field goals in National Football League history, but he’s had a number of boots that have been game-winners.
The latest example came on Sept. 20 when the Arizona Cardinals kicker nailed a 62-yard field goal at the end of the first half against the Minnesota Vikings. The points were the difference in a 34-33 Cardinals victory, a win that came after Minnesota’s kicker missed his field goal in the final seconds.
Prater now has made two of the 13 longest field goals in NFL history. His 64-yard field goal in 2013 for the Denver Broncos was the longest ever in the NFL until Justin Tucker eclipsed the record with a 66-yard kick on Sept. 26, 2021.
With the three teams Prater has played for – the Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions and Arizona Cardinals – Prater has those franchise’s longest field goal.
In his NFL career, the 2002 Estero High graduate has a record 60 field goals of 50 yards or longer. His 74 percent conversion rate from that distance – 60-of-81 – is the most accurate in NFL history.
He had a stretch when he played for the Lions where he also set NFL records for consecutive field goal conversions of 50-plus yards (14 field goals) and 55-plus yards (seven field goals). Since 2008, Prater has made at least one field goal every season from more than 50 yards.
In 2008, Prater made a 55-yarder to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In 2011, he kicked a 59-yard field goal with 3 seconds left to tie the game against the Chicago Bears, then won it with a 51-yard field goal in overtime.
In the AFC Championship (2013 season), he made all four of his field goals in a 26-16 win over the New England Patriots.
In 2015, he kicked 37- and 59-yard field goals to beat the Chicago Bears in different games.
In 2016, he made the tying and game-winning kicks to beat the Minnesota Vikings in the final two minutes.
In 2020, he made four field goals in a 26-23 win against Arizona before his 59-yard field goal on the final play of the game gave Detroit a 30-27 win over Washington.
If Prater, 37, has another three to five solid seasons where he’d top 500 fields and add to his number of 50-yard kicks, he’d build on already-impressive numbers.
And that would put him in the conversation for the NFL’s greatest individual honor — the Hall of Fame.
By Craig Handel