Posted November 22, 2012 on AP on Fox
If only Lance Ball could have found the umpire faster, Matt Prater might just have written his name in the record books. The Denver Broncos had crossed midfield and Prater was all set to try a 67-yard field goal right before halftime in their 30-23 win over San Diego, but the clock ran out before the umpire could spot the ball for Peyton Manning to spike. Oh well, maybe next time. ''We've got to do a better job as coaches practicing that under pressure,'' coach John Fox said. After all, the men who share the NFL record for longest field goal at 63 yards - David Akers, Jason Elam, Tom Dempsey and Sebastian Janikowski - all say the strong-legged Prater has the best chance to break the mark, especially in Denver's thin air. ''He's a weapon,'' Fox said. ''I mean, he's a weapon on kickoffs. He's a weapon as far as field goal range. Shoot, we were trying to set him up before half and we made a boo-boo not getting the ball spiked because we didn't get it to the officials fast enough. ...
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