What is the farthest field goal ever made? In 2021, Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker permanently etched his name into the record books by kicking the longest field goal in NFL history, keeping the Detroit Lions winless for another week. Tucker’s kick broke the previous field-goal record set in 2013, but there have been several 60-plus-yard kicks in the league’s storied history. Has there ever been a 70-yard field goal? You’ll find out below.
In reverse order, here are the longest FGs in NFL history. Swipe down to the very bottom for a bonus – the longest college football field goal and the longest field goal in playoff history.
15. Harrison Butker joins group of kickers with 62-yard field goals
Even though it’s not the most recent made 62-yard field goal, Butker’s boot at Arrowhead as time expired in the first half vs. the Bills was still memorable as it tied what was a highly-anticipated bout between AFC contenders. Butker’s successful 62-yard kick is one of seven at that distance in the NFL so far.
What is Jake Elliott’s longest field goal? The Philadelphia Eagles’ kicker’s longest made field goal was a 61-yard game-winning kick in Sept. of 2017, great kick, but not quite long enough to make it on this list.
14. Matt Prater has two of the longest field goals in NFL history
Prater’s one of just two kickers to make this list three times. But his last two longest kicks, both 62-yard boots, still don’t top the longest kick of Prater’s career. This one was another 62-yarder, coming in 2021 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
13. Matt Prater’s most recent 62-yard kick came against Cowboys
Not only does Prater have two of the longest kicks in NFL history, but he also has the most recent 62-yard field goal. It came in Week 3 of the 2023 NFL season when the Cardinals kicker drilled a field goal as time was expiring at the end of the first half.
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12. Brett Maher’s first 62-yard kick came in OT game
Maher and Prater are the only two kickers to appear on this list three times. Maher has two 62-yarders and one that’s even longer further down the list. But the first time he kicked a 62-yard field goal came in a Dallas Cowboys overtime victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. While Maher’s kick wasn’t a game-winner, the three points he scored just before halftime helped the Cowboys make sure they had a chance to reach overtime, where they eventually won 29-23.
11. Brett Maher’s second 62-yard field goal ends in a loss
Maher’s other 62-yard field goal wasn’t as thrilling in the end, with the Cowboys losing a hard-fought 24-22 battle to the New York Jets in Oct. 2019. Still, the long field goal just before half expired helped the Cowboys in their close battle at MetLife Stadium.
10. Stephen Gostkowski’s one of many with successful 62-yard kicks
There are a total of seven 62-yard kicks that have been made in NFL history. Brett Maher and Matt Prater have two of them. Stephen Gostkowski’s 62-yard field goal in 2017 came at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, which is 7,280 feet above sea level. The longtime Patriots special teamer’s previous longest kick was 57 yards.
9. Matt Bryant launches 62-yard moonshot
Though he played for five different teams throughout his career, Matt Bryant will never forget the time he nailed a 62-yard game-winning kick with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2006. Although it looked to be about a mile away as he lined up, Bryant put just the right amount of mustard on the ball to send it through the uprights.
8. Dallas Cowboys’ Brett Maher drills 63-yard FG at Jerry World
Playing their NFC East rivals, the Dallas Cowboys lined up just before halftime to launch a 63-yard bomb from Brett Maher. The NBC broadcast revealed the kick actually would have been good from 66 yards at AT&T Stadium, which would have been the longest field goal in NFL history. While many other longest field goals have come at Mile High, this one occurred indoors at Jerry World, and it even provides hope for a longer kick someday, being that it would have gone through at a longer distance.
7. Graham Gano’s 63-yard winner sends Giants home with an L
Graham Gano may be making kicks for the New York Giants these days, but once upon a time, not so long ago, he upset their fans in dramatic fashion. With the wind gusting to the east at roughly six miles per hour, Gano lined up for a 63-yard boot with just one second on the clock. Once the ball took flight, it took a wicked curve, but only enough to land in the corner pocket of the kicking net. It was a thing of beauty.
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6. David Akers nails improbable 63-yard shot off crossbars at Lambeau
David Akers made a lot of fantastic kicks in his 16-year NFL career, but none were longer than his 63-yard bounce off the Lambeau Field crossbars in 2012. The San Francisco 49ers would go on to lose in the Super Bowl at the end of the season, but this kick in Week 1 was a great way to start the year for the lefty kicker.
5. Sebastian Janikowski makes good on first-round selection (longest field goal in MNF history)
The only kicker to ever be taken in the first round of an NFL Draft, Sebastian “Seabass” Janikowski, was built differently. Literally. The 6-foot-1 inch, 260-pound Polish native knew how to put some oomph on a ball. While he only made one Pro Bowl in his 18-year career, Seabass left a lasting impression. Perhaps the left-footed special teams savant’s most notable kick was his 63-yard smash at Mile High in 2011.
4. Jason Elam’s 63-yard blast was the first to tie long-held record
Jason Elam was a great NFL kicker who made three Pro Bowls and is a two-time Super Bowl champion. Playing nearly his entire 17-year career with the Denver Broncos, he had several opportunities to make history. On October 25, 1998, Elam did just that, hitting a 63-yard kick at Mile High Stadium, 5,200 feet above sea level. It was the first kick to tie Tom Dempsey’s long-held record.
3. Tom Dempsey’s 63-yard boot held record for 43 years (longest field goal at the time)
Fittingly landing at No. 3, there are three very notable factors that separate what Tom Dempsey did back in 1970 from the rest of the pack.
First, Dempsey was born without toes on his right foot. Because of this, Dempsey wore a custom-built flat-front kicking boot that is now located in Canton, Ohio, at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Nowadays, there’s a Tom Dempsey rule in place ensuring any shoe worn by a player with an artificial limb must have a kicking surface resembling a normal kicking shoe.
Second, Dempsey’s kicking approach is completely different than anything you’ll see in American football today. Back then, it was more common for kickers to line up a few steps directly behind the ball instead of the methods used today, where they approach the ball from an angle.
The final obvious difference is the goalposts. In 1974, the NFL moved the goalposts from being smack dab in the middle of the end zone entrance to being behind the scoring area, out of the field of play.
As far as whether Dempsey held any sort of competitive advantage on the game-winning kick thanks to his custom shoe, he doesn’t buy into such theories. Neither did ESPN’s Sport Science, who conducted studies on the matter years ago. Dempsey’s make remains an incredible feat and possibly the greatest kick of all time.
2. Matt Prater’s 64-yarder comes up short in quest for NFL’s longest field goal
On December 8, 2013, kicker Matt Prater had one of his finest days. As a member of the Broncos at the time, Prater was taking on the Tennessee Titans in Denver at Mile High. Just before halftime, Hall-of-Fame quarterback Peyton Manning got the Broncos in Prater’s scoring position, which on this historic day, was at Tennessee’s 46-yard line.
Of course, kicking in the altitude where the air is thin will help a football sail to new heights, but it shouldn’t take away from Prater’s accomplishment of what once was the all-time field goal record. After all, the Broncos play at least eight games at home each season, which gives kickers a chance to break the rule any time they please. That is, if they’ve got the leg.
Prater’s kick broke a record held for 43 years, but it’s no longer the longest FG in NFL history.
1. Justin Tucker’s 66-yard FG kick makes history for longest field goal in NFL history
A tough 0-2 start for the 2021 Detroit Lions got even tougher when Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker connected on a 66-yard field goal kick as time expired for the win. Tucker’s kick set a new record for the longest field goal in NFL history.
There’s a good chance Tucker’s kick remains as the NFL field goal record for a number of years. Many have tried, but none have come close. Thanks to Tucker, now the next time someone asks, “What’s the longest field goal in NFL history?” many football fans will have an answer.
Longest field goal of 2023 season
Who’s kicked the longest field goal of the 2023 NFL season? Arizona Cardinals kicker Matt Prater nailed a 62-yard field goal immediately ahead of halftime during Week 3’s matchup against the Dallas Cowboys. It’s the longest field goal thus far in the 2023 season.
The longest college football field goal ever
What is the longest field goal in all of football? Although all NFL kicks are spectacular, they still don’t match the longest college field goal set by Abilene Christian’s Ove Johansson in 1976 of a whopping 69 yards.
Longest field goal in playoff history
Graham Gano, who already owns a piece of history with one of the longest field goals ever, is also a part of the playoff record books. Kicking for the Carolina Panthers in 2017, Gano took the field before halftime against the New Orleans Saints. Before time expired, Gano drilled a 58-yard kick to tie the record for the longest field goal in postseason history.
Gano’s kick tied Miami Dolphins kicker Pete Stoyanovich, who hit a 58-yard field goal on the first play of the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs. Just behind Gano and Stoyanovich are three kickers (Mike Nugent, Wil Lutz, Greg Zuerlein) who have hit 57-yard field goals in the NFL playoffs.
Longest kick in Super Bowl history
As for the longest field goal in Super Bowl history, the record belongs to now-retired former Buffalo Bills kicker Steve Christie. Back in 1994, Christie made a 54-yard field goal in XXVIII at the Georgia Dome.
Justin Tucker hits longest kick of 2023 NFL preseason
It’s preseason, but Baltimore Ravens All-Pro kicker Justin Tucker was already in mid-season form prior to the start of 2023’s kickoff. With the clock winding down before halftime of the Ravens’ preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles, Tucker lined up for a 60-yard field goal, which he had no trouble hitting through the middle of the uprights.
Longest field goal of 2022-23 NFL season belonged to Harrison Butker
Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker holds the record for the longest kick of the 2022-23 NFL season, nailing a 62-yard boot at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in Week 6 against the Buffalo Bills.
Butker’s boot is the longest kick in Kansas City Chiefs franchise history. Third-year kicker Matthew Wright held the previous record, which he actually set just a week before Butker topped it. Wright’s kick was a 59-yard blast, but obviously, now Butker’s the lone record-holder among Chiefs kickers regarding kicks from distance.
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Who kicked a 72-yard field goal?
While this kick isn’t official since it came in pre-game warmups, Harrison Butker still drilled a 72-yard field goal during practice sessions during the 2022 season.
Here’s the clip so you know we’re not just pulling Butker’s leg.
Has anyone ever kicked a 75-yard field goal?
Yes. But not in a game. In 2017, Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker drilled a 75-yard field goal during Pro Bowl practice. Here’s the clip.