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David Akers ties NFL record with 63-yard field goal

The San Francisco 49ers capped a strong first half against the Green Bay Packers with a little bit of NFL history.


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As the half ticked away to nothing, 49ers kicker David Akers brought Lambeau Field to its knees with a 63-yard field goal, tied for longest in NFL history.

Akers' mind-melter took a beautiful (and fortunate) bounce off the crossbar, pulling him into an exclusive group with three other record-makers:

» Tom Dempsey was the first to hit from 63 yards out on Nov. 8, 1970, helping the New Orleans Saints beat the Detroit Lions as time expired.

» Dempsey's record stood alone for 28 years until Jason Elam tied the mark with the Denver Broncos in 1998.

» Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski was third to do the deed last September against the Broncos.

As you can see, this doesn't happen frequently.

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