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Just Four Kicks

David Akers makes another statement.

Just Four Kicks

49ers kicker David Akers tied the NFL record for longest field goal by hitting a 63-yarder against the Packers. (Jeffrey Phelps/AP)
49ers kicker David Akers tied the NFL record for longest field goal by hitting a 63-yarder against the Packers. (Jeffrey Phelps/AP)

Last Sunday, former Eagle David Akers became the fourth NFL kicker to hit a field goal from 63 yards, joining, among others, former Eagle Tom Dempsey, who did so before coming to Philadelphia.

Interestingly enough, both Akers and Dempsey also have two of the three longest field goals in Eagles history. The top six

 

 Yds.  
 Kicker  Opponent  Date
 59  Tony Franklin
 at Cowboys  
 Nov. 12, 1979
 57  David Akers
 Patriots  Sept. 14, 2003  
 54  Tom Dempsey  
 Cardinals  Dec. 12, 1971
 53  David Akers
 at Giants
 Sept. 30, 2007
 53  David Akers
 at Dolphins
 Oct. 24, 1999
 53  Roger Ruzek
 at Dolphins
 Dec. 9, 1990
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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