It’s not every day that a kicker makes the front page of the newspaper or gets his own headline amongst the biggest highlights of the day. But, while the Denver Broncos are used to making headlines thanks to their quarterback Peyton Manning this season, they made the record books for a different reason on Sunday.
While Manning has broken record after record week in and week out in 2013, the Broncos are no stranger to the spotlight. One guy that hasn’t gotten much of a chance to enjoy that spotlight this year, though, is an unsung hero of this Broncos team: Kicker Matt Prater.
The 29-year old veteran came into this game only having missed one field goal all season long along with 61 extra points — the league leader in the latter category. Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, Prater would add a much more prestigious honor to his 2013 campaign.
Just before halftime, the Broncos decided to let Prater try a 64-yard field goal to make it just a one point game after going down 21-10 in the second quarter. With three seconds remaining in the half, Prater drilled it.
His 64-yard field goal became the longest field goal made in NFL history, surpassing four guys that previously held the record. All tied with a 63-yard make were Tom Dempsey, Jason Elam, Sebastian Janikowski and David Akers.
As the team headed into the locker room at the half, Prater gathered congratulations from his teammates and took a little extra time getting off the field — and justifiably so, the guy had just made history.