Imagine Denver kicking 73-yarder to win Super Bowl

Place kicker Matt Prater of the Denver Broncos celebrates a 64-yard field goal for a new NFL record...

Place kicker Matt Prater of the Denver Broncos celebrates a 64-yard field goal for a new NFL record on a hold by Britton Colquitt during the second quarter against the Tennessee Titans at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on December 8, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. (Justin Edmonds/Getty Images/AFP)

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:08 PM ET

NEW YORK - Imagine this scenario to end Super Bowl XLVIII.

The Denver Broncos have the ball at their own 45-yard line, trailing by one or two points, with time for only one more play.

But then off the field trots Peyton Manning and the Broncos offence, and on comes placekicker Matt Prater and the field-goal unit. To try a game-winning 73-yard field goal.

With a moderate wind at his back, Prater kicks the hell out of the ball -- and makes it.

Crazy talk?

Believe it or not, no.

The NFL record for longest field goal was set this past season by Prater -- a 65-yarder, breaking the old mark by two yards. But that’s not the limit of Prater’s range.

He could make one from 70. Or longer.

“I know Prater can hit it that long. I’ve seen him hit it several times,” Seahawks kicker Steven Hasuchka told me this week. “In Denver, yeah. He can hit 75 for sure. For real. Without a wind. He’s impressive.”

True, Matt? A 75-yarder?

“I don’t remember that.


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