11 Longest Field Goals in NFL History

Kickers matter too! That being said, have you ever wondered how far they can kick the ball? Well, here are the 11 longest field goals in NFL history.

It feels like each week, kickers are trying to break this record. With the pressure of a potential game-winning play on their shoulders, kickers are becoming more and more important each year. Let’s take a look at the longest NFL field goals in history and appreciate the unbelievable moments some of the below kickers have lived.

What’s the Longest Field Goal in NFL History?

There are six kickers tied for third with 63-yarders and four kickers tied for ninth all-time with 62-yarders.

T-9) Brett Maher, Dallas Cowboys

Length: 62 yards
When:  Oct. 20, 2019

Brett Maher has had a rocky relationship with the Dallas Cowboys. After taking over the job from longtime great Greg Zuerlein, Maher dazzled with some exceptional clutch kicks but was ultimately released after injuries and struggles plagued his 2021 season. He didn’t need to search for a job long, Dallas opted to re-sign Maher during the offseason when none of their other options could separate themselves from the pack.

Maher appears twice on this list of longest field goals in NFL history. His first appearance was back on Oct. 20, 2019, against the Cowboys’ NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles. Right before the half, Maher successfully kicked this field goal at AT&T Stadium. Dallas would go on to win the game 37-10.

Maher has actually made two 62-yard field goals in his career, the second being a game-winning overtime kick also against the Eagles back in 2018.

T-9) Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots

Length: 62 yards
When: Nov. 19, 2017

Aside from the United Kingdom, Mexico has become one of the more popular International Series spots over the last few years. It was back in 2017 when the New England Patriots and the then-Oakland Raiders battled it out at Estadio Azteca, where Stephen Gostkowski wrote his name in the record books by kicking a 62-yard bomb as time expired to end the first half. These were just three points in a 33-8 rout of the Raiders but were impressive nonetheless.

T-9) Matt Bryant, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Length: 62 yards
When: Oct. 22, 2006

The Eagles have a history of allowing some record-setting kicks to be had against them. This time around, it was Matt Bryant with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who managed a 62-yard game-winning kick back in 2006. With no time left on the clock, Bryant drilled this kick to seal the game 23-21.

T-3) Brett Maher, Dallas Cowboys

Length: 63 yards
When: Oct. 20, 2019

For his second appearance on this list, Maher drilled a 63-yarder again against the Eagles at the end of the first half. The Cowboys would go on to win the game 37-10.

T-3) Graham Gano, Carolina Panthers

Length: 63 yards
When: Oct. 7, 2018

Carolina kicker Graham Gano is tied for the third-longest NFL field goal in history thanks to his 63-yard attempt against the New York Giants back in 2018. Not only is this tied for the third longest, but it’s also tied for the second-longest game-winning field goal in NFL history.

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Gano secured the win for his team with no time left on the clock, 33-31. It’s probably a memory his current team, the Giants, bug him about quite often in the locker room.

T-3) David Akers, San Francisco 49ers

Length: 63 yards
When: Sept. 9, 2012

David Akers, the left-footed phenom, spent an impressive 16 years in the NFL. In 2012, he tied the then-record for the longest field goal with a 63-yard kick outdoors at Lambeau Field.

The field goal was far from perfect, bouncing off the crossbar before crossing the plane, but it was impressive nonetheless. The 49ers would actually go on to have a stellar season but came up just short of winning the Super Bowl that year.

T-3) Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland Raiders

Length: 63 yards
When: Sept. 12, 2011

The formerly known Oakland Raiders had one of the elite kickers of his time in Sebastian Janikowski. In 2011, during a Monday Night Football matchup against the Denver Broncos, the first-round draft pick successfully completed a 63-yard field goal in Mile High.

Janikowski might always be famous for being the only kicker to be drafted in the first round of the NFL draft, but he created several memorable moments during his long 18-year career.

T-3) Jason Elam, Denver Broncos

Length: 63 yards
When: Oct. 25, 1998

If you’re a Broncos fan, chances are you know who Jason Elam is. Elam played nearly his entire NFL career with Denver and was the first player to tie Tom Dempsey’s long-held field-goal record.

The kick, which was a part of the team’s destruction of the Jacksonville Jaguars, was a thing of beauty. Some might point to the added advantage of kicking at high altitude, but regardless, Elam’s kick and career were impressive.

T-3) Tom Dempsey, New Orleans Saints

Length: 63 yards
When: Nov. 8, 1970

Tom Dempsey has one of the most interesting and unique stories in NFL history. What he managed to accomplish in his time with the New Orleans Saints is nothing short of incredible. Although this particular feat took place more than 50 years ago, it remains arguably the greatest kick of all time.

What made this particular kick so special? Well, Dempsey was actually born without toes on his right foot, the one he kicked with. Because of this, he wore a custom-built flat-front kicking boot. Considering the unique situation, kicking a 63-yard game-winning field goal is all that more impressive.

One other thing to keep in mind with this record is the fact that this was during a time when the goal posts were in the middle of the end-zone entrance and not in the back of the scoring area, something that only started in 1974.

2) Matt Prater, Denver Broncos

Length: 64 yards
When: Dec. 8, 2013

Another record-breaking kick in the altitude of Denver! This time, it was Matt Prater who successfully surpassed Tom Dempsey during the first half of an eventual 28-15 loss to the Tennessee Titans with this unreal kick.

1) Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens

Length: 66 yards
When: Sept. 26, 2021

What is the longest field goal in NFL history? Well, here we have it. In 2021, the future Hall of Famer Justin Tucker kicked what would become not only the longest field goal ever made but also the longest game-winning field goal of all time, when he successfully attempted a 66-yard field goal with no time on the clock to defeat the Detroit Lions 19-17.

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The kick wasn’t perfect, as it hit the crossbar before crossing the plane, but it was still good enough to hold the record. Plus, what makes this kick even better is that it wasn’t done in altitude!

What’s the Longest Field-Goal Attempt in NFL History?

Although Justin Tucker holds the record for the longest field goal in NFL history, there have been attempts longer than that number. If we include attempts that were not successful, the record goes to the Raiders’ Sebastian Janikowski.

In 2008, right before halftime of a battle with the then-San Diego Chargers, Janikowski attempted a whopping 76-yard field goal. Obviously, that came up short, and ultimately, the team went on to lose 28-18.

What Is the Longest Field Goal in Playoff History?

As massive as the moments can be during the regular season, making a field goal in the postseason can be even more excruciating. Although he already holds a place on our list for the longest field goals in the regular season, Gano also has the honor of holding the record for the longest NFL field goal in the playoffs.

In 2017, the same year Gostkowski kicked a 62-yarder, Gano booted a 58-yard field goal right before halftime against the New Orleans Saints.

If we dig even deeper, the biggest kick that can be made is obviously during the Super Bowl. The record for the longest field goal in Super Bowl history belongs to Buffalo Bills kicker Steve Christie. Back in Super Bowl XXVIII, Christie, who was known for his ability to kick clutch field goals even in bad weather conditions, drilled a 54-yard field goal.

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