Justin Tucker: In Denver with perfect weather, I’m good from 84 yards
The longest field goal in NFL history was 64 yards, kicked by Matt Prater in Denver in 2013. Ravens kicker Justin Tucker thinks he can make one from longer than that -- 20 yards longer.
Tucker said on NFL Network that if he were in Denver and the weather were perfect, he could go beyond 84 yards.
“We think about these things really specifically,” Tucker said. “If conditions are prime, like last season we opened up in Denver, the weather was warm, the field was nice, and you’re up at altitude so the ball just carries. In pregame I think I hit the crossbar from 85, so if the situation is just prime, then maybe 84 and a half yards.”
Kickers have estimated that their field goal range is about 10 percent longer in the altitude Denver than at sea level, so Prater’s 64-yard field goal is less impressive than the old record of 63 yards that Tom Dempsey set in New Orleans in 1970. But if Tucker nailed one from beyond 80 yards, that would be the most impressive kick in NFL history no matter where he hit it.
Unfortunately, the Ravens don’t play in Denver this year.