Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater set the NFL record for longest field goal in NFL history on Sunday afternoon. It was a 64-yard kick right before the end of the half. Parter was caught off guard when he was asked to make the kick, and he thinks that might have helped him a bit.
“I was clueless,” Prater said, via Mike Klis of the Denver Post. “I didn’t know he was going to call for the field goal. I didn’t know the kick would be from where it was. I think it helped me to get out there late. Because I had to rush out there, I didn’t have much time to think about it.”
Long snapper Aaron Brewer was also unaware that it was the record for the longest field goal in NFL history.
“I didn’t know it was for the longest,” Brewer said. “I just knew I was supposed to run down and cover it. So I ran down and turned around and everyone was going crazy. It was pretty cool.”
Some say that the altitude in Denver helps with long kicks, but Prater says he thinks the cold air took away any advantage.
“I think the cold took away whatever altitude helped,” Prater said.