Janikowski hits 61-yard field goal

Updated: December 27, 2009, 3:04 PM ET
Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- Oakland's Sebastian Janikowski has kicked a 61-yard field goal on the final play of the first half against the Cleveland Browns. It's the fourth longest field goal in NFL history.

Janikowski kicked a low liner that barely cleared the cross bar, hitting the goose-neck support and bouncing back onto the field Sunday. It was a career-long kick and a team record for the powerful left-footer. He was mobbed by a few teammates after pulling the Raiders within 17-9.

Janikowski's previous best was a 57-yarder last season in overtime to beat the New York Jets.

Tom Dempsey of New Orleans (1970) and Jason Elam of Denver(1998) hold the league with record with 63-yarders. Matt Bryant of Tampa Bay (2006) kicked a 62-yarder.


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