As far as I can tell, there are no league-wide official records kept for length of missed field goals. The following list is complete for since 1985, but there have been longer misses in the past (see the Moseley and Steinfort fair-catch kicks). (Update 9/28/08: NBC has confirmed that Janikowski’s 76-yard attempt was the longest since at least 1970, and that Moseley’s 74-yarder was the previous long.) Note that 5 of the kicks took place in Denver.

Longest missed field goal attempts, NFL, since 1985

Kicker Team Length Result Date How Missed? Notes
Sebastian Janikowski Oakland Raiders 76 SD 28, OAK 18 9/28/2008 short
Phil Dawson San Francisco 49ers 71 SF 35, STL 11 9/26/2013 short, wide left fair-catch kick
Mason Crosby Green Bay Packers 69 GB 31, DET 21 12/28/2008 short fair-catch kick
John Hall New York Jets 68 NYJ 24, NE 19 10/19/1997 short
Neil Rackers Arizona Cardinals 68 NYG 37, ARI 29 11/23/2008 short, wide left fair-catch kick
Blair Walsh Minnesota Vikings 68 DET 16, MIN 14 12/14/2014 short, wide left last play of game
Steve Cox Washington Redskins 67 MIA 23, WAS 21 12/20/1987 short, wide right last play of game
Rob Bironas Tennessee Titans 67 JAX 16, TEN 14 9/11/2011 short, wide right
Jason Elam Denver Broncos 66 SEA 31, DEN 27 12/10/1995 short
Sebastian Janikowski Oakland Raiders 66 WAS 34, OAK 13 12/13/2009 short
Greg Zuerlein St. Louis Rams 66 MIA 17, STL 14 10/14/2012 wide left last play of game
Robbie Gould Chicago Bears 66 MIN 23, CHI 20 (OT) 12/1/2013 short last play of regulation
Cairo Santos Kansas City Chiefs 66 CHI 18, KC 17 10/11/2015 short, wide right last play of game
Steve Christie Buffalo Bills 65 BUF 9, MIA 6 11/2/1997 short
Jason Elam Denver Broncos 65 DEN 31, NYG 20 9/10/2001 wide left 0:07 2nd quarter;
followed by Pochman’s 63-yd attempt
Jason Hanson Detroit Lions 65 MIN 31, DET 26 10/14/2001 short
John Kasay Carolina Panthers 65 DAL 35, CAR 14 10/29/2006 short
Jeff Reed Pittsburgh Steelers 65 DEN 31, PIT 28 10/21/2007 short
Sebastian Janikowski Oakland Raiders 65 DET 28, OAK 27 12/19/1999 blocked last play of game
Jason Elam Denver Broncos 64 DEN 36, SEA 30 12/19/1999 short
Neil Rackers Arizona Cardinals 64 BUF 38, ARI 14 10/31/2004 short
Sebastian Janikowski Oakland Raiders 64 HOU 24, OAK 17 11/4/2007 hit right upright 1:15 2nd quarter
Sebastian Janikowski Oakland Raiders 64 OAK 26, JAX 23 (OT) 10/21/2012 short last play of 4th quarter
Justin Tucker Baltimore Ravens 64 BAL 48, TB 17 10/12/2014 blocked
Kevin Butler Chicago Bears 63 CHI 38, TB 28 9/8/1985 short Butler’s first NFL game.
Butler’s last college attempt (off a tee) was just short from 71.
Rafael Septien Dallas Cowboys 63 NYG 17, DAL 14 11/2/1986 short 0:18 4th quarter
Chris Bahr Cleveland Browns 63 L.A. Raiders 27, CLE 14 11/16/1986 short
Mike Cofer San Francisco 49ers 63 SF 26, L.A. Rams 10 12/17/1990 short
Doug Pelfrey Cincinnati Bengals 63 CLE 29, CIN 26 10/29/1995 short
Toby Gowin Dallas Cowboys 63 DAL 26, JAX 22 10/19/1997 short
Mike Vanderjagt Indianapolis Colts 63 IND 24, NYJ 23 11/15/1998 short returned for a TD by Aaron Glenn
Owen Pochman New York Giants 63 DEN 31, NYG 20 9/10/2001 wide right
Josh Scobee Jacksonville Jaguars 63 IND 14, JAX 12 9/13/2009 short
Rian Lindell Buffalo Bills 63 MIA 15, BUF 10 9/12/2010 short
Alex Henery Philadelphia Eagles 63 ATL 35, PHI 31 9/18/2011 short
Graham Gano Carolina Panthers 63 ATL 19, CAR 17 11/16/2014 blocked last play of game
Greg Zuerlein St. Louis Rams 63 GB 24, STL 10 10/11/2015 wide left The Rams trailed by 11 with 3:28 left.
Greg Zuerlein St. Louis Rams 63 STL 24, CLE 6 10/25/2015 wide right
Andrew Franks Miami Dolphins 63 NE 36, MIA 7 10/29/2015 short, wide left
Greg Zuerlein Los Angeles Rams 63 LARM-NO 11/26/2017 short

All of the above were attempted at the end of the first half unless noted. Janikowski also missed a 66-yarder against Seattle in the 2008 preseason, Kasay missed a 66-yarder in the Pro Bowl following the 1996 season, and Tucker missed 66- and 67-yarders in the Pro Bowl following the 2013 season.

Other confirmed long misses (prior to 1985)

  • 74: Mark Moseley, Washington Redskins, 11/25/1979 vs. New York Giants. Fair catch kick.
  • 73: Fred Steinfort, Denver Broncos, 9/29/1980 vs. New England. Fair catch kick.
  • 71: Joe Danelo, New York Giants, 10/28/1979 vs. Los Angeles Rams.
  • 70: Mark Moseley, Washington Redskins, 9/2/1979 vs. Houston Oilers. The Redskins trailed by 2 at the end of the game.
  • 67: Jan Stenerud, Kansas City Chiefs, 9/21/1975 at Denver.  Short on the last play of the first half.
  • 66: Ali Haji-Sheikh, New York Giants, 10/24/1983 at St. Louis Cardinals.  Tied at the end of regulation.
  • 65: Sam Baker, Washington Redskins, 12/23/1956 at Baltimore Colts.  The Redskins trailed by 2 at the end of the game. Short by 18 yards.
  • 64: Raul Allegre, Baltimore Colts, 12/11/1983 at Denver.  The Colts trailed by 2 at the end of the game.
  • 64: Steve Cox, Cleveland Browns, 12/2/1984 vs. Cincinnati.  Tied at the end of regulation.  (For some reason, the Bengals onside kicked after scoring the tying touchdown with :01 left.)
  • 63: Ray Wersching, San Francisco 49ers, 10/26/1980 vs. Tampa Bay.  The 49ers trailed by 1 at the end of the game.
  • 63: Bob Thomas, Chicago Bears, 9/4/1983 vs. Atlanta.  Short with :06 left in the second quarter.

2 thoughts on “Longest missed field goals

  1. Saw Joe Danelo miss a 70 yarder at the end of the half NY Giants at LA Rams 9/26/1976. Tom Dempsey, the then record holder watched with interest from Rams bench.

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