“I think I just said, ‘Kick it as hard as you can.’ I didn’t want to put that bug in, ‘Hey, this is the record.’ “
– Britton Colquitt, punter, Denver Broncos
As Peyton Manning and company defy cold weather, Matt Prater kicks record 64-yard field goal
Running back Knowshon Moreno and wide receiver Wes Welker both hit double digits for Denver with their touchdowns in Sunday’s game. This makes the Broncos the first team to have 4 players score 10 or more points during an NFL football wagering season. In their contest with the Tennessee Titans, Denver set out to silence the skeptics and put big numbers up on the board. Manning’s 39 completions accounted for 397 yards and, ultimately, 51 points, in their 51-28 victory.
Alterraun Verner, a cornerback for the Titans, told a YouWager news source, “We were doing well at the beginning, but they took off like a rocket.”
With 4,522 yards and 45 touchdowns in 2013, Manning will likely break NFL records this season. And now, the Broncos have another category in those record books.
A 64-yard field goal.
Only 3 seconds were left on the clock, at the end of the second half. The temperature on the field was 14 degrees. But kicker Matt Prater turned those 3 seconds into 3 points, with the longest kick in history. Some teammates were concerned that the altitude would also be a factor. “But I think the 10-degree weather takes out the altitude,” Prater told YouWager’s source.
While still in high school, Prater converted 56-of-58 of his extra point attempts. One of those was for 49 yards. He is known as the master of the Rugby punt. Astute online wagering fans may remember that in the 2008 NFL football betting season, Prater made a 56-yarder in the game Denver lost to the Kansas City Chiefs. During that matchup, 2 of Prater’s field goals were made from more than 50 yards. These were the longest kicks made in a game away from Denver. As an NFL analyst at YouWager pointed out, 3 of the 5 longest field goals in history have been kicked in Denver. In 2010, Prater kicked a 59-yarder against the New York Jets.
Prater has performed under pressure before. In December of 2011, with 3 seconds remaining in their game against the Chicago Bears, Prater blasted a 59-yard field goal to tie the game. In overtime, he won that game with a 51-yard kick.
Online sportsbook bettors had wondered about Manning’s ability to throw the ball in the cold weather. Manning shook it off, saying, “I won’t try to answer it because I didn’t give it any validation in the first place.” Denver’s quarterback is 4-7 in games below 32 degrees. After the victory over the Titans, Manning, normally modest and business-like, had a message for his critics about cold weather. He YouWager’s source, “Whoever wrote that narrative can shove that where the sun don’t shine.”