The 15 longest field goals in NFL history

The 15 longest field goals in NFL history

Baltimore Ravens placekicker Justin Tucker celebrates with teammates after hitting a game-winning field goal and breaking the NFL record in 2021.

Baltimore Ravens placekicker Justin Tucker celebrates with teammates after hitting a game-winning field goal and breaking the NFL record in 2021.
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  • Placekickers have only gotten more accurate from further distances over the NFL’s 104-year history.
  • In that span, 11 players have made field goals from 62 yards out or longer during an official game. 
  • Here are the longest field goals in NFL history, featuring some of the league’s best-ever kickers.
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Placekickers are often the unsung heroes on any given football team.

In the NFL’s 104 years of existence, placekickers have consistently grown more accurate while extending their range to longer distances. It’s become common to watch professional football’s biggest legs kicks field goals from beyond 50 yards, and 60-yard blasts are no longer regarded as the astonishing feats they once were.

The record for the longest field goal ever kicked in a Super Bowl is 57 yards — a record set by Harrison Butker of the Kansas City Chiefs on February 11, 2024. The previous record was set at 55 yards just minutes before, by San Francisco 49ers kicker Jake Moody.

Still, there have only been 15 made field goals from 62 yards or further during official NFL contests, none during Super Bowls. Star kickers like Matt Prater and Brett Maher have hit multiple such field goals in their historic careers, while Baltimore Ravens legend Justin Tucker set the all-time record in 2021.

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Check out the 15 longest field goal makes in NFL history:

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Matt Prater — 62 yards

Arizona Cardinals placekicker Matt Prater. image

Arizona Cardinals placekicker Matt Prater.
AP Photo/Rick Scuteri

Team: Arizona Cardinals

Year: 2023

Location: State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Elevation: 1,150 feet

Conditions: Indoors

Game Context: Prater’s big boot helped the Cardinals stretch their lead over the Dallas Cowboys to 11 as they headed into the locker room for halftime.

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Harrison Butker — 62 yards

Kansas City Chiefs placekicker Harrison Butker. image

Kansas City Chiefs placekicker Harrison Butker.
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Team: Kansas City Chiefs

Year: 2022

Location: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Elevation: 843 feet

Conditions: 66°F, sunny, 15 mph wind

Game Context: Butker nailed a 62 yarder with room to spare to tie the game for the Chiefs as time expired in the first half against the Buffalo Bills.

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Matt Prater — 62 yards

Arizona Cardinals placekicker Matt Prater. image

Arizona Cardinals placekicker Matt Prater.
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Team: Arizona Cardinals

Year: 2021

Location: State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Elevation: 1,150 feet

Conditions: Indoors

Game Context: Prater put the Cardinals up one against the Minnesota Vikings as time expired in the first half.

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Brett Maher — 62 yards

Dallas Cowboys placekicker Brett Maher. image

Dallas Cowboys placekicker Brett Maher.
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Team: Dallas Cowboys

Year: 2019

Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Elevation: 7 feet

Conditions: 64°F, mostly sunny, 7 mph wind

Game Context: Maher knocked a long ball through the uprights just before halftime to close the gap between the New York Jets and his Cowboys.

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Brett Maher — 62 yards

Dallas Cowboys placekicker Brett Maher. image

Dallas Cowboys placekicker Brett Maher.
Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Team: Dallas Cowboys

Year: 2018

Location: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Elevation: 567 feet

Conditions: Indoors

Game Context: As time expired in the first half, Maher booted a 62 yarder to put the Cowboys up six against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Stephen Gostkowski — 62 yards

New England Patriots placekicker Stephen Gotskowski. image

New England Patriots placekicker Stephen Gotskowski.
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Team: New England Patriots

Year: 2017

Location: Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico

Elevation: 7,280 feet

Conditions: 63°F, overcast

Game Context: Gostkowski extended the Patriots’ lead over the Oakland Raiders to 17 with a 62-yard kick that comfortably soared through the sticks.

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Matt Bryant — 62 yards

Tampa Bay Buccaneers placekicker Matt Bryant. image

Tampa Bay Buccaneers placekicker Matt Bryant.
REUTERS/Pierre DuCharme

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Year: 2006

Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Elevation: 35 feet

Conditions: 89°F, sunny, 7 mph wind

Game Context: With his Buccaneers down 1 point and just four seconds remaining in the contest, Bryant blasted a 62-yard field goal through the uprights to give Tampa Bay the walk-off victory.

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Brett Maher — 63 yards

Dallas Cowboys placekicker Brett Maher. image

Dallas Cowboys placekicker Brett Maher.
Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Team: Dallas Cowboys

Year: 2019

Location: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Elevation: 584 feet

Conditions: Indoors

Game Context: Maher set Dallas’ franchise record with a 63-yard shot that put the Cowboys up 20 at halftime against their NFC East rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Graham Gano — 63 yards

Carolina Panthers placekicker Graham Gano. image

Carolina Panthers placekicker Graham Gano.
Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Team: Carolina Panthers

Year: 2018

Location: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Elevation: 751 feet

Conditions: 88 °F, mostly sunny, 6 mph wind

Game Context: Gano’s 63-yard kick gave his Panthers the two-point victory against the New York Giants as time expired.

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David Akers — 63 yards

San Francisco 49ers placekicker David Akers. image

San Francisco 49ers placekicker David Akers.
AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps

Team: San Francisco 49ers

Year: 2012

Location: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Elevation: 640 feet

Conditions: 70°F, overcast, 7 mph wind

Game Context: Akers launched a 63-yard blast off of the crossbar and through the uprights to give his 49ers a 16-7 lead over the Green Bay Packers heading into halftime.

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Sebastian Janikowski — 63 yards

Oakland Raiders placekicker Sebastian Janikowski. image

Oakland Raiders placekicker Sebastian Janikowski.
AP Photo/Joe Mahoney

Team: Oakland Raiders

Year: 2018

Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

Elevation: 5,200 feet

Conditions: 75°F, light rain, 6 mph wind

Game Context: Janikowski — nicknamed “Seabass” among fans of the franchise — sent the Raiders into halftime with a 16-3 lead against the Denver Broncos after nailing a 63 yarder.

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Jason Elam — 63 yards

Denver Broncos placekicker Jason Elam. image

Denver Broncos placekicker Jason Elam.
REUTERS/Mark Leffingwell

Team: Denver Broncos

Year: 1998

Location: Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colorado

Elevation: 5,200 feet

Conditions: 51°F, partly cloudy, 10 mph wind

Game Context: Elam ended the first half with a then-record-tying 63-yard boot to put his Broncos up by 17 points over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Tom Dempsey — 63 yards

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 1970, file photo, New Orleans Saints' Tom Dempsey (19) moves up to kick a 63-yard field goal as teammate Joe Scarpati holds the ball and Detroit Lions' Alex Karras (71) rushes in while Saints' Bill Cody (66) blocks, in New Orleans. Dempsey, who played in the NFL despite being born without toes on his kicking foot and made a record 63-yard field goal, died late Saturday, April 4, 2020, in New Orleans while struggling with complications from the new coronavirus, his daughter said. He was 73 years old. (AP Photo/File) image

New Orleans Saints placekicker Tom Dempsey.
Associated Press

Team: New Orleans Saints

Year: 1970

Location: Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana

Elevation: 16 feet

Conditions: 65°F, 10 mph wind

Game context: With his Saints down a point against the Detroit Lions and mere seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Dempsey hit a 63-yard field goal to give New Orleans the win and smash the previous NFL record of 56 yards.

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Matt Prater — 64 yards

Denver Broncos placekicker Matt Prater. image

Denver Broncos placekicker Matt Prater.
REUTERS/Doug Murray

Team: Denver Broncos

Year: 2013

Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

Elevation: 5,200 feet

Conditions: 13°F, sunny, 3 mph wind

Game Context: Prater helped the Broncos come within 1 point of the Tennessee Titans heading into halftime with a 64-yard strike that broke Dempsey’s longstanding record.

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Justin Tucker — 66 yards

Justin Tucker. image

Baltimore Ravens placekicker Justin Tucker.
Kareem Elgazzar-USA TODAY Sports

Team: Baltimore Ravens

Year: 2021

Location: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Elevation: 601 feet

Conditions: Indoors

Game Context: Tucker drilled a game-winner off the crossbar and through the uprights from 66 yards out to lead his Ravens past the Detroit Lions and beat Prater’s record by a full two yards.

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