December 6, 2023

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Matt Gay Kicks Longest Field Goal In Heinz Field History.

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Nov 13, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; A view of an official Tampa Bay Buccaneers helmet on the sidelines at Raymond James Stadium. The Buccaneers won 36-10. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Well it’s just the preseason, right? For some, it was their first NFL action against another team, for Heinz Field it was its first FG made for 55 yards in its 18-year history. Matt Gay lined up for the kick just prior to the end of the second quarter.

Gay set the NFL record, and when told that by Casey Philips during a post-game interview, his response was calm, hinting a surprise, but was also brimming with confidence,

“Really? Wow, that’s awesome. (Laugh) That’s cool to know. I don’t know if that will count, because it’s preseason, but that’s cool to know. That’s Awesome.”

The longest NFL field goal ever kicked in Heinz Field is 53 yards. Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey first set the record in 2016. That record was tied on November 26, 2017, by Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Chris Boswell in a game-winning effort over the Green Bay Packers with 4 seconds remaining in the game, resulting in a 31-28 win.

In collegiate play, University of Pittsburgh kicker Alex Kessman kicked a 55-yard field goal against the Syracuse Orange on October 6, 2018. – Wikipedia

Here’s the kick:

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