Cowboys’ Maher 1st kicker to make 3 60-yarders

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Updated: October 20, 2019

10:06 PM ET

ARLINGTON, Texas — Brett Maher became the first kicker in NFL history with three field goals of at least 60 yards with his 63-yarder at the end of the first half of the Dallas Cowboys’ 37-10 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

“It’s pretty cool,” Maher said. “I didn’t know [it was a record] until I got in here. That’s definitely cool.”

Maher’s make was also a Cowboys record. He made a 62-yarder against the Eagles last season at ATT Stadium and a 62-yarder last week against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.

Maher, in only his second NFL season, was one of three kickers with two kicks of 60 yards or more in their career, along with Greg Zuerlein and Sebastian Janikowski.

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  • Maher’s 63-yarder is the second-longest field goal in NFL history. Matt Prater hit a 64-yarder for the Denver Broncos on Dec 8, 2013. Maher, Tom Dempsey (1970), Jason Elam (1988), Janikowski (2011), David Akers (2012) and Graham Gano (2018) have the only 63-yarders in league history.

    Maher said he has made kicks from 70 yards, but that has been outdoors and downwind. In pregame warm-ups, he made a 58-yarder. The Cowboys moved into field goal range with three straight completions from Dak Prescott to Jason Witten after starting at the Dallas 30 with 22 seconds remaining in the first half.

    Cowboys coach Jason Garrett admitted it’s strange to think that reaching the opponent’s 45 is considered field goal range.

    “They all looked at me and said, ‘Let’s go,'” Garrett said.

    Maher has missed kicks from 55 yards (right upright), 54 yards, 33 yards and 40 yards this season, but he is now 2-for-2 from longer than 60 yards and 3-for-3 in his career.

    “I take a little harder rip at it, but not crazy,” Maher said. “I don’t intentionally try to drive it or do anything like that, but there’s a little more energy.”

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