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Cardinals kicker pulls off NFL rarity by drilling 62-yard field goal, sets franchise record for distance

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Matt Prater already holds the NFL document for longest area objective and he nearly matched his document on Sunday with a 62-yard area objective in opposition to the Vikings

With one second left within the second quarter and Arizona sitting on the Vikings’ 44-yard line, Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury had two choices for the ultimate play of the half: He might ship out Kyler Murray out for a Hail Mary or he might ship out Prater for a 62-yard area objective try. 

Kingsbury went with choice two and Prater made his coach appear like a genius by completely drilling a 62-yard kick that gave the Cardinals a 24-23 lead heading into halftime. 

The kick was the second longest of Prater’s profession. 

After all, his longest kick got here again in 2013 when he set an NFL document by nailing a 64-yard area objective whereas kicking for the Broncos. Any time a kicker hits a area objective from greater than 60 yards, it is a huge deal, and that is as a result of they’re so uncommon. The kick by Prater marked simply the twelfth time in NFL historical past that somebody has a made a area objective from 62 yards or extra (Over the course of NFL historical past, kickers are 11 of 89 on area objective makes an attempt of 62 yards or extra)

Because the begin of the 2016 season, solely 4 different kickers have linked from 62 or extra yards with Graham Gano, Stephen Gostkowski, Brett Maher and Jake Elliott all having achieved the feat (Maher has truly performed it 3 times, which is an NFL document). 

The kick by Prater set a franchise document for the Cardinals. Earlier than Sunday, the longest area objective in workforce historical past was 61 yards, which was performed by Jay Feely in 2012.

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