# Best answer: What is the longest down and distance in NFL history?

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On a recent episode of the excellent Hang Up and Listen podcast, Josh Levin says the longest down and distance in NFL history was when the New England Patriots faced 4th and 63 in 1971.

## What’s the longest down in NFL history?

The longest down since 1994 was 3rd and 50 yards, faced by two teams: the Vikings vs. the Packers (12/20/99) and the Redskins vs. the Bengals (9/23/12).

## What is the longest yardage needed for a first down?

To obtain a first down in football, the offense must gain 10 total yards towards the opposing end zone. If the offense does not obtain the 10 yards needed for a first down on the first play, it becomes second down. The offense has four chances to convert back to a first down by obtaining 10 yards.

## What is the longest field goal ever made?

Longest NFL field goal: Broncos placekicker Matt Prater connects on a 64-yard field goal at the end of the first half on December 8, 2013. It was the longest field goal in NFL history.

## What’s the longest 4th down ever?

On a recent episode of the excellent Hang Up and Listen podcast, Josh Levin says the longest down and distance in NFL history was when the New England Patriots faced 4th and 63 in 1971.

## How much is a first down in football?

If you have ever watched American football before you might have seen the words ‘1st and 10’ written in the corner of your TV screen. That means it’s the 1st down with 10 yards to make. If a team makes three yards, for example, then next it’s 2nd and Seven, 3rd and Four etc.

## How many yards are there in first down?

Speaking the Lingo

When downs are described the number of the down is followed by how many yards are left to go. So the typical first down will be described as “first and ten”. This means it is first down and there are 10 yards to go to get the next first down.

## How many downs do you get to make a first down?

But you do want to earn lots of first downs, which you get after your team advances the ball 10 yards or more in the allotted four downs. Getting lots of first downs usually translates to more scoring opportunities, which are definitely good things.

## Has anyone ever kicked a field goal on a kick off?

The last player to attempt a fair catch field goal was Phil Dawson, who tried a 71-yarder for the 49ers in 2013. … The last time a kicker actually made a fair catch kick came back in 1976 when Ray Wersching hit one from 45-yards out for the Chargers in a game against the Bills.

## Has anyone ever kicked a 70 yard field goal?

Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker made a 70-yard field goal during ‘Monday Night Football’ warmups in Mexico City.

## Who has kicked a 63 yard field goal?

There have been 17 60-yard field goals made in NFL history

The first 60-yarder in NFL history came from Tom Dempsey in 1970. Dempsey, a kicker for the New Orleans Saints at the time, nailed a 63-yard field goal against the Detroit Lions. He probably thought his record kick would never be beaten, but he was wrong.

## What is a 4th down conversion?

A fourth down conversion in football is when the offensive team is on fourth down and they gain the necessary amount of yards in order to gain a first down. … If the team is trailing late in the game and they need to convert on fourth down in order to stay on offense to attempt to score points.

## How is FG distance calculated?

In order to figure the length of a field goal, you have to add 10 yards for the distance of the End Zone and another 7 yards for the snap of the ball back to the holder to the line of scrimmage. This means you add 17 yards to the line of scrimmage marker to get the field goal length.