The game didn’t turn out the way Jay Feely or the Cardinals wanted Sunday, but that didn’t take away from Feely’s excellent and unexpected giant boot to tie the game, a 61-yard field goal that easily set the mark for Feely’s personal best and the best for the Cardinals’ franchise.
Feely became only the 11 kicker in NFL history to make a field goal of at least 60 yards. It’s been done 12 times total (Oakland’s Sebastian Janikowski has done it twice.) What is interesting to note is that, with the 2012 season only six weeks old, there have already been three field goals of at least 60 yards made, or 25 percent of the total all-time. And eight of the 12 have been kicked since 2006. Are kickers getting stronger? Probably. Are coaches more willing to take a risk of a long field goal? Maybe. But the current group of kickers are also dealing with a “K” ball, a change in the rules in 1999 that made the kickers sub in basically brand-new (harder) footballs on kicks, which in theory should make it a little harder. Clearly, as recent history has shown, it isn’t harder.
Still, booting a 60-yard field goal isn’t easy or, despite the recent rash of them, regularly done.
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