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The failed tries to break the 63-yard field-goal record

Last Sunday, kicker Matt Prater took down Tom Dempsey and the legendary 63-yard field-goal record when he banged a 64-yard attempt through the uprights in Denver.

Dempsey's regular-season mark stood for exactly 43 years and one month. Three men in history tied the 1970 record: Jason Elam (1998), Sebastian Janikowski (2011) and David Akers (2012).

None until Prater could surpass the legend.

Try as they might, no kicker in four decades of football could muster that extra yard to outdo Dempsey. In honor of Matt Prater and all the men who went before him in the valiant effort to kick balls from deep, we give you a look at the failed attempts to break the record.

The table below, compiled by the crack NFL Media research staff, details the failed attempts at kicker glory. With the help of our friends at NFL Films, we also were able to give you a look at the misses -- some close and some not so close -- in the video at the top of the post.

FG attempts of 64-plus yards
Player Team Date Quarter Length of miss
Sebastian Janikowski Oakland Raiders 9/28/2008 2 76
Joe Danelo New York Giants 10/28/1979 2 74
Mark Moseley Washington Redskins 11/25/1979 4 74
Fred Steinfort New England Patriots 9/29/1980 2 73
Phil Dawson San Francisco 49ers 9/26/2013 2 71
Mark Moseley Washington Redskins 9/2/1979 4 70
Mason Crosby Green Bay Packers 12/28/2008 2 69
John Hall New York Jets 10/19/1997 2 68
Neil Rackers Arizona Cardinals 11/23/2008 2 68
Jan Stenerud Kansas City Chiefs 9/21/1975 2 67
Steve Cox Washington Redskins 12/20/1987 4 67
Ali Haji-Sheikh New York Giants 10/24/1983 4 66
Jason Elam Denver Broncos 12/10/1995 2 66
Sebastian Janikowski Oakland Raiders 12/13/2009 2 66
Robbie Gould Chicago Bears 12/1/2013 4 66
Greg Zuerlein St. Louis Rams 10/14/2012 4 66
Steve Christie Buffalo Bills 11/2/1992 2 65
Jason Elam Denver Broncos 9/10/2001 2 65
Jason Hanson Detroit Lions 10/14/2001 2 65
John Kasay Carolina Panthers 10/29/2006 2 65
Jeff Reed Pittsburgh Steelers 10/21/2007 2 65
Raul Allegre Baltimore Colts 12/11/1983 4 64
Steve Cox Cleveland Browns 12/2/1984 4 64
Jason Elam Denver Broncos 12/19/1997 2 64
Neil Rackers Arizona Cardinals 10/31/2004 2 64
Sebastian Janikowski Oakland Raiders 11/4/2007 2 64
Sebastian Janikowski Oakland Raiders 10/21/2012 4 64

























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