63 Yard Field Goal – 1970


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The Saints had just replaced their coach and had only one win up to that point in the season. The Saints kicker was an anemic 5-15 up to that point in the season. They were not much more than an expansion team but they had the curse working for them when they lined up for the last play of the game. With the Lions winning by one point, Tom Dempsey kicked a 63 yard field goal, a record that still stands to this day. Tom Dempsey, was handicapped and born with only half a foot but with the help of the curse kicked 4 field goals against the Lions that day.

To this day the record has only been tied once, and that was done at Mile High Stadium in Denver, When Dempsey kicked his it was in New Orleans which is below sea level so he actually had to contend with more air resistance and stilled cleared the post with a couple yards to spare.  The snapper held the ball at the New Orlean 37 yard line!  Several years later the NFL adopted a rule stating that anyone kicking with an artificial limb must have a shoe that conforms to that of a normal kicking shoe.  However this rule came too late to salvage the Lions season.

In the end the Lions still lost, 19-17 but in the history of the NFL has their been a more dramatic loss than this?