Thursday, April 24, 2014

New Pitcher Used in the Field

Details of other pitchers used in the field can be found here.

Andrew Cashner, San Diego Padres, April 24, 2014.

Padres left fielder Seth Smith suffered some sort of leg injury either fielding a ball in the bottom of the 10th inning or while running out a ground ball in the top of the 11th.

The Padres had several position players remaining on the bench, but Cashner replaced Smith in LF to start the bottom of the 11th.  This lasted for only one batter; after Jayson Werth lined out, the Padres double-switched Stauffer and reliever Tim Stauffer (who was due up 3rd in the 12th) out of the game for new LF Tommy Medica and P Alex Torres.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Reader Mail: Overtime and the Longest Drives in NFL History

What happens if an NFL team receives the kickoff to start overtime, then uses the entire 15-minute overtime period before kicking a field goal as time expires?  Does the game go into a second overtime so that the other team has a chance to score, or is the game over?

It depends when the game takes place.  In the preseason or regulation, the game would end; in the playoffs, the game would go into a second overtime.

Rules that apply:

16-1-3-a: Both teams must have the opportunity to possess the ball once during the extra period, unless the team that receives the opening kickoff scores a touchdown on its initial possession, in which case it is the winner, or if the team kicking off to start the overtime period scores a safety on the receiving team's initial possession, in which case the team that kicked off is the winner.

16-1-4-a: The following shall apply to overtime games in the preseason and regular season ... There shall be a maximum of one 15-minute period, even if the second team has not has an opportunity to possess the ball or its initial possession not ended.  If the score is tied at the end of the period, the game shall result in a tie.

16-1-5-a: The following shall apply to overtime games in postseason ... If the score is tied at the end of a 15-minute overtime period, or if the second team's initial possession has not ended, another overtime period will begin, and play will continue, regardless of how many 15-minute periods are necessary.


To the best of my knowledge, there has never been a 15-minute drive in NFL history.  (The longest drive in NCAA history lasted 14 minutes and 26 seconds - Navy (of course) vs. New Mexico in the 2004 Emerald Bowl.)

Longest NFL drives by time, 1987-2013:
Plays-YardsStart TimeStart LOSResultScore 
before drive
Tennessee Oilers11/27/97Dallas13:2721-908:11 3QOwn 9Field Goal24-14W 27-14
N.Y. Giants1/14/01Minnesota12:5319-5312:53 4QOwn 20End of Game41-0W 41-0
Atlanta12/30/90Dallas12:3919-747:33 3QOwn 20Field Goal16-0W 26-7
Houston Oilers10/22/89Pittsburgh12:3317-7312:57 1QOwn 27Touchdown0-0W 27-0
Miami1/1/12N.Y. Jets12:2921-947:56 3QOwn 6Touchdown6-10W 19-17
Jacksonville9/21/08Indianapolis12:1818-8214:51 4QOwn 14Field Goal17-14W 23-21
San Francisco9/25/88Seattle12:1718-851:24 3QOwn 15Touchdown31-7W 38-7
L.A. Raiders12/24/94Kansas City12:1422-864:16 1QOwn 2Field Goal0-7L 9-19
Kansas City11/13/88Cincinnati12:1322-8714:10 2QOwn 8Field Goal6-7W 31-28
New England12/27/09Jacksonville12:1220-7312:41 4QOwn 20Downs35-7W 35-7
San Francisco12/30/02St. Louis12:0720-8115:00 1QOwn 18Field Goal0-0L 31-20
Cincinnati12/16/01N.Y. Jets12:0020-8113:56 1QOwn 19Touchdown0-0L 15-14
Tampa Bay11/4/07Arizona11:5919-868:46 3QOwn 6Missed FG17-3W 17-10
Chicago11/20/94Detroit11:5420-7112:46 3QOwn 23Field Goal10-10W 20-10
Seattle10/11/09Jacksonville11:5316-5211:53 4QOwn 26End of Game41-0W 41-0
San Diego12/8/91Kansas City11:5218-8011:15 1QOwn 20Touchdown0-0L 17-20 (OT)
Oakland12/16/07Indianapolis11:4920-9914:55 2QOwn 1Touchdown0-10L 21-14
Jacksonville9/23/07Denver11:4418-809:53 1QOwn 20Touchdown0-0W 23-14
New Orleans11/20/88Denver11:4318-9714:50 4QOwn 3Touchdown35-0W 42-0
Houston Oilers9/12/93Kansas City11:4018-8010:33 1QOwn 20Touchdown0-0W 30-0
Minnesota9/21/08Carolina11:3419-755:41 3QOwn 11Field Goal17-10W 20-10
Atlanta11/3/91San Francisco11:3018-754:53 3QOwn 25Touchdown0-7W 17-14

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Thursday, January 02, 2014

Somehow, this team went 8-8 with Geno Smith at QB.

Fewest Opponents' Fumbles Recovered, NFL Season (includes strike seasons):
TeamYearRecoveredOpp Fumbles
New York Jets20132*18
Los Angeles Rams1974315
Green Bay Packers1995312
Miami Dolphins2011317
Indianapolis Colts2012311
Philadelphia Eagles19444?
San Francisco 49ers1982414
Jacksonville Jaguars2006412
Jacksonville Jaguars2008415
Pittsburgh Steelers2011413
San Diego Chargers2011411
St. Louis Rams2012417
Houston Texans2013415
Arizona Cardinals1997516
Chicago Bears2003519
Oakland Raiders2006516
New York Giants2008522
Washington Redskins2008516
Buffalo Bills2009521
Houston Texans2010516
Jacksonville Jaguars2010512
Green Bay Packers2012518
Philadelphia Eagles2012521
Tennessee Titans2012515

* One of the fumbles the Jets recovered this year resulted from a desperation lateral on a last-play kickoff in Week 1 (making the recovery moot); the other came off a Matt Ryan sack in Week 5.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Simple NFC Tiebreaker Chart, 2013, After Week 16

Notes and assumptions:
  1. No possibility of further tie games.  GB doesn't appear on the chart, but can't be in a relevant tiebreaker even with another tie.
  2. Tiebreaker winners are as they would be if the teams were tied at the end of the season, NOT as if the season ended right now.
  3. Tiebreakers that don't affect playoff berths or seeding are ignored.  (Example: any tiebreaker between PHI and NO, because PHI wins the NFC East at 10-6, and NO would not win the South.).
  4. Division ties are broken first.  (Example: If NO, CAR, and SF all finish 11-5, break the NO-CAR tie first.  Then apply the tiebreaker between SF and the NO-CAR winner.)
  5. If three or more teams are tied, apply that tiebreaker, not the two-team tiebreaker.
  6. Strength of victory is the combined winning percentage (essentially, the number of wins) of the teams a team has beaten. It has nothing to do with point totals.
  7. Locked berths: none.
  8. Clinched divisions: none.
  9. Clinched berths: SEA, CAR.
  10. Alive for division only: PHI, DAL, CHI, GB.
  11. Alive for division or wild card: NO, SF. 
  12. Alive for wild card only: ARI.
  13. Eliminated: WAS, ATL, MIN, TB, STL, NYG, DET.
  14. The complete tiebreaker rules are here.
NFC Division Tiebreakers after Week 16:
Tied TeamsRecordWinnerWhy?
CAR-NO11-5NOdivision record
SEA-SF12-4SFdivision record
SF-ARI11-5SFdivision record

NFC Wild Card and Seeding Tiebreakers after Week 16:
Tied TeamsRecordWinnerWhy?

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Simple AFC Tiebreaker Chart, 2013, After Week 16

Notes and assumptions:
  1. No possibility of further tie games.
  2. Tiebreaker winners are as they would be if the teams were tied at the end of the season, NOT as if the season ended right now.  (Example: MIA currently has the tiebreaker on NYJ, but MIA and NYJ can only be tied if NYJ beats MIA next week, which would negate MIA's head-to-head tiebreaker.)
  3. Tiebreakers that don't affect playoff berths or seeding are ignored.
  4. Division ties are broken first.  (Example: If MIA, NYJ, BAL, and SD all finish 8-8, break the MIA-NYJ tie first.  Then apply the tiebreaker between BAL, SD, and the MIA-NYJ winner.)
  5. If three or more teams are tied, apply that tiebreaker, not the two-team tiebreaker.
  6. Strength of victory is the combined winning percentage (essentially, the number of wins) of the teams a team has beaten. It has nothing to do with point totals.
  7. Clinched divisions: NE, CIN, IND, DEN.
  8. Clinched bye: DEN.
  9. Clinched #5 seed: KC.
  10. Alive for #6 seed: MIA, BAL, PIT, SD.  Note that none of these teams are win-and-in; SD and PIT are eliminated if either MIA or BAL wins, and which of MIA or BAL makes the playoffs at 9-7 is dependent on whether SD wins.  If everyone loses, BAL makes the playoffs.
  11. Eliminated, but still affecting tiebreakers: NYJ.
  12. Also eliminated: HOU, JAX, BUF, CLE, OAK, TEN.
  13. The complete tiebreaker rules are here.
AFC Division Tiebreakers after Week 16:
Tied TeamsRecordWinnerWhy?
MIA-NYJ8-8NYJdivision record
BAL-PIT8-8PITdivision record

AFC Wild Card and Seeding Tiebreakers after Week 16:
Tied TeamsRecordWinnerWhy?
NE-IND11-5INDconference record
BAL-SD9-7BALconference record
MIA-BAL-SD9-7MIAconference record
NYJ-BAL-SD8-8BALconference record
NYJ-PIT-SD8-8PITconference record

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Thursday, December 05, 2013

Blogging the NFL Rule Book: Palpably Unfair Act

[Updated with the Tomlin on-field incursion, which wasn't the first time a Steelers head coach interfered with a play.]

What happens when something obviously unfair yet not specifically covered by the rules happens during a football game?

The palpably unfair act rule gives the referee full discretion to decide what should happen when such events occur, up to and including awarding one team a score.

The following is a survey of the NFL rules pertaining to palpably unfair acts, and the occasions when they might have (or in the case of two college games, have) been called.

(Note: to my knowledge, there has never been a ruling of a palpably unfair act in the NFL. The NCAA rules are similar enough that college games are included below.)

Rule 5-2-8-c: Penalties for illegal substitution or withdrawal … for interference with the play by a substitute who enters the field during a live ball: Palpably unfair act (see 12-3-3)

Rule 11-2-1-e: A touchdown is scored when … the Referee awards a touchdown to a team that has been denied one by a palpably unfair act.

Rule 12-3-3: A player or substitute shall not interfere with play by any act which is palpably unfair. Penalty: For a palpably unfair act: Offender may be disqualified. The Referee, after consulting his crew, enforces any such distance penalty as they consider equitable and irrespective of any other specified code penalty. The Referee could award a score.

Great Lakes Naval Training Station at Navy, November 23, 1918: (In the Great Lakes starting lineup: future NFL Hall of Famers George Halas and Paddy Driscoll.)

With around three minutes to go, Navy, up 6-0, had the ball on the Great Lakes 8 yard line. Navy’s Bill Ingram fumbled on a plunge into the line, and the ball popped into the hands of Great Lakes’ Lawrence Eielson, who had a clear path down the Navy sideline to the end zone.

William Hardin Saunders (the same “Navy Bill” Saunders who would later coach at Clemson and Colorado) was warming up on the Navy sideline. Saunders inexplicably came off the bench to tackle Eielson at the Navy 30. (Even 30 years later, all Saunders would say was that he didn’t care to discuss his motivation. His coach, Gil Dobie, claimed that Saunders was unconsciously obeying Dobie’s ‘tackle him, tackle him’ shouts.)

Later stories differ as to what happened next. Most credible is referee Harry Heneage’s account as reported in the Chicago Tribune a few days later. According to Heneage, “I gave [Great Lakes captain Emmett] Keefe the ball and told him to touch it down back of the goal and then allowed the try at goal,” thus awarding Great Lakes the touchdown. Great Lakes then kicked the extra point, and held on for a 7-6 victory.

The NCAA rules at the time did not permit awarding a score for a palpably unfair act. (Rule XXIII, Section 11: “In case the play is interfered with by some act palpably unfair and not elsewhere provided for in these rules, either the Referee or the Umpire shall have the power to award 5 yards to the offended side, the number of the down and the point to be gained [line of gain, e.g. first down marker] being determined as provided in Rule XXV.”) Technically, it should have been either a 15 yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct or a 5 yard penalty for a palpably unfair act not covered by the rules. However, Navy did not protest Heneage’s decision.

At some point between 1921 and 1954, “[A touchdown is to be awarded when] anyone other than a player or official … tackles a runner who is in the clear and in his way to a reasonably assured touchdown” was added to the approved rulings section of the NCAA rulebook.

Rice v. Alabama, Cotton Bowl, January 1, 1954:

Rice, up 7-6, had the ball on its own 5 yard line. Dicky Maegle (nee Moegle) swept around right end and streaked down the Alabama sideline. Alabama’s Bill Oliver had a possible angle to stop Maegle; otherwise there was no one between him and the end zone.

Alabama’s Tommy Lewis, “too full of ‘Bama’” (as he later explained), jumped off the bench and knocked Maegle down at the Alabama 40.

Within seconds, referee Cliff Shaw, pointing to Lewis and the bench, awarded a touchdown to Rice. Maegle was credited with a 95-yard TD run.

Lewis was not ejected. Starting in 1955, players coming off the sideline to make a tackle would be automatically disqualified.

Rule 13-1-7: A non-player shall not commit any act which is palpably unfair. Penalty: For a palpably unfair act, see 12-3-3. The Referee, after consulting the crew, shall make such ruling as they consider equitable (15-1-6 and Note) (unsportsmanlike conduct).

Note: Various actions involving a palpably unfair act may arise during a game. In such cases, the officials may award a distance penalty in accordance with 12-3-3, even when it does not involve disqualification of a player or substitute. See 17-1.

Virginia Tech at Virginia, November 18, 1995:

On the last play of the game, Virginia was intercepted by Virginia Tech’s Antonio Banks. Virginia trainer Joe Geick stuck his leg out (best seen at :47 in the below video), seemingly to trip Banks, as Banks ran down the sideline for the add-on score.

Pittsburgh Steelers at Jacksonville Jaguars, September 22, 1997:

With the Steelers down 23-21, Norm Johnson’s last-second 40-yard field goal was blocked by Travis Davis and bounced towards the Steelers’ sideline and coach Bill Cowher.

Cowher stepped on the field (he later claimed that he was planning to kick the ball in frustration), but the Jaguars’ Chris Hudson recovered the ball and ran towards the end zone. Cowher cocked his forearm as if to punch Hudson but at the last moment stepped back while Hudson ran past him for a touchdown.

Had Cowher kicked the loose ball, it is unclear what the refs would have done; had Cowher punched or tackled Hudson, it is likely that they would have awarded the Jaguars a touchdown. (Of note: the Jaguars were favored by 4 points.)

Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens, November 28, 2013:

On a 3rd quarter kickoff return, the Ravens' Jacoby Jones had broken through the coverage and was running with no defenders ahead of him alongside the Steelers' sideline.  However, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was standing on the white out-of-bounds stripe right next to the field at the Steelers' 38 with his back to the play.  Jones, who was forced to break stride and cut inside, was soon tackled from behind by Cortez Allen.  No penalty was called.

Tomlin was fined $100,000 by the NFL.  Possible further punishment (including the loss of draft picks) is pending.

Rule 12-3-1-s: [Unsportsmanlike conduct] specifically include[s] … Goal-tending by a defensive player leaping up to deflect a kick as it passes above the crossbar of a goalpost …. The Referee could award three points for a palpably unfair act (12-3-3).

Washington Redskins at Baltimore Colts, December 8, 1962:

6’3” Colts wide receiver R.C. Owens (better known for popularizing the Alley-Oop pass, in which the receiver outjumps the defenders) blocked a 40-yard field goal at the crossbar. At the time, this was legal.

The above rule (which appears to allow catching a field goal at the crossbar) was enacted before the 1963 season.

(Note: as best I can tell,, the AFL did not enact a similar rule. More confusingly, there are numerous reports of the Chiefs' 6'9" Morris Stroud leaping for and barely missing a George Blanda field goal in 1970, the year after the NFL-AFL merger. Research in progress.)

Rule 17-1-1: If any non-player, including photographers, reporters, employees, police or spectators, enters the field of play or end zones, and in the judgment of an official said party or parties interfere with the play, the Referee, after consulting his crew, shall enforce any such penalty or score as the interference warrants.

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots, December 12, 1982:

The Snow Plow Game.

San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos, November 11, 1985:

On a snowy Monday night in Denver, the 49ers, trailing 14-3, lined up for a 19-yard field goal at the end of the first half. Just as the ball was being snapped, a snowball thrown from the crowd landed in front of holder Matt Cavanaugh, distracting him enough to cause him to fumble the snap.

Jim Tunney, referring the game, did not call for the down to be replayed. A day later, he claimed to the Associated Press that “we have no recourse in terms of a foul or to call it on the home team or the fans. There’s nothing in the rule book that allows us to do that.” Tunney also explained to Art McNally, the head of NFL officials, that the snowball did not hit Cavanaugh or 49ers kicker Ray Wersching, and that Cavanaugh showed no change in concentration, not even flinching.

McNally added, “There is no provision in the rule book specifically for snowballs, or any objects, unless they strike the players. However, the referee is empowered to make any decision that is not specifically covered by the rules.”

Others, most prominently Tex Schramm, president of the Dallas Cowboys and head of the NFL competition committee, believed the play should have been stopped at the instant the snowball disrupted the play.

Schramm: “It should be like baseball. If a balloon or a piece of paper or something that can distract a player comes on the field, they immediately signal time out. We stop games for dogs. You can’t have something like that. Next time, it’ll be a beer bottle or a whiskey bottle.”

Bill Walsh, 49ers coach: “The way to stop [similar fan behavior] would be to replay the play. Then there would be no more snowballs ever. By allowing it to affect a very important play and say their hands are tied – [the officials] are just inviting the riotous action of fans.”

Tom Landry, Cowboys coach: “When something like that is so obvious to both sides, you shouldn’t be penalized by the fans.”

Hugh Campbell, Falcons coach: “They should replay it. And if another snowball comes down, they should award them a field goal.”

The 49ers lost the game 17-16 and finished 10-6, 1 game behind the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC West.

Rule 17-2 - Extraordinarily Unfair Acts:
Article 1 - The Commissioner has the sole authority to investigate and take appropriate disciplinary and/or corrective measures if any club action, non-participant interference, or calamity occurs in an NFL game which he deems so extraordinarily unfair or outside the accepted tactics encountered in professional football that such action has a major effect on the result of the game.

Article 2 - The authority and measures provided for in this entire Section 2 do not constitute a protest machinery for NFL clubs to avail themselves of in the event a dispute arises over the result of a game. The investigation called for in this Section 2 will be conducted solely on the Commissioner’s initiative to review an act or occurrence that he deems so extraordinary or unfair that the result of the game in question would be inequitable to one of the participating teams. The Commissioner will not apply his authority in cases of complaints by clubs concerning judgmental errors or routine errors of omission by game officials. Games involving such complaints will continue to stand as completed.

Article 3 - The Commissioner’s powers under this Section 2 include the imposition of monetary fines and draft-choice forfeitures, suspension of persons involved in unfair acts, and, if appropriate, the reversal of a game’s result or the rescheduling of a game, either from the beginning or from the point at which the extraordinary act occurred. In the event of rescheduling a game, the Commissioner will be guided by the procedures specified in Rule 17, Section 1, Articles 5 through 11, above. In all cases, the Commissioner will conduct a full investigation, including the opportunity for hearings, use of game videotape, and any other procedure he deems appropriate.

Spygate. The Patriots were fined $250,000 and lost a first-round draft pick, and coach Bill Belichick was fined $500,000 for illegally taping the Jets' defensive signals. This may very well have been considered an extraordinarily unfair act during a game, and the Patriots' punishment fits within Rule 17-2-3, but the NFL's public statements on the matter are unclear.

Rule 12-3-2: The defense shall not commit successive or continued fouls to prevent a score. Penalty: For continuous fouls to prevent a score: If the violation is repeated after a warning, the score involved is awarded to the offensive team.

Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles, November 19, 1989:

Associated Press, February 5, 1990, reporting on Buddy Ryan's fine for using a 14-man "Polish Punt Team":

Philadelphia (AP) - The National Football League fined Eagles coach Buddy Ryan for deliberately using an illegal punt formation November 19 in the final seconds of a 10-9 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, according to a report.

The Delaware County Sunday Times, citing an unnamed source close to the team, reported that Ryan was fined $3,500 for intentionally sending too many players onto the field, hoping to draw a penalty and run down the game clock....

In the game at Veterans Stadium, with 1:15 remaining, the Eagles took over the ball and tried to run out the clock. Quarterback Randall Cunningham went down on one knee for three downs and the Eagles took a delay of game penalty on the fourth, but 15 seconds still remained.

The Eagles were facing a fourth-and-22 from their own 24-yard line, and Ryan sent out his punt team, with a few extra players, according to the report.

Officials, apparently, did not notice the additional players and no penalty was called when the Eagles punted the ball.

The Vikings got the ball on their own 42-yard line with time for one play, but Eagles defensive back William Frizzell intercepted a Vikings pass to end the game.

(NCAA) Rule 9-2-3 Unfair Acts
The following are unfair acts:
a. A team refuses to play within two minutes after ordered to do so by the referee.
b. A team repeatedly commits fouls for which penalties can be enforced only by halving the distance to its goal line.
c. An obviously unfair act not specifically covered by the rules occurs during the game (A.R. 4-2-1-II).
PENALTY—The referee may take any action he considers equitable, including assessing a penalty, awarding a score, or suspending or forfeiting the game.

Penn State at Wisconsin and North Dakota State at Cal-Davis, November 4, 2006:

Before the 2006 season, the NCAA instituted several rules designed to shorten the time of games. Among these were Rule 3-2-5, starting the clock on kickoffs as soon as the ball was kicked off (as opposed to touched in the field of play), and Rule 3-2-5-e, starting the clock after changes of possession on the ready-for-play signal (as opposed to on the snap).

The rules were, at best, poorly thought out, and easily exploited.

Wisconsin scored a touchdown with 23 seconds left in the first half. On the ensuing kickoff, Wisconsin’s entire coverage team was 10 yards offside, eliminating any possibility of a real return while running the clock down to 14 seconds; the same thing happened on the re-kick, bleeding the clock down to 4 seconds. On the third kickoff, officials did not start the clock until Penn State had touched the ball, but time expired by the end of the runback (which Penn State fumbled). (Play-by-play)

Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema was unapologetic. "It worked exactly as we envisioned it. It's something we practice.

"Basically we wanted to put ourself in position that we wanted to have the maximum coverage that we could. We know they were going to try to return it for a touchdown, so we just did something that allowed us to have maximum coverage. They had the right either accept or decline the penalty. When they accepted it that means we're going to go back and do it all over again."

North Dakota State coach Craig Bohl was watching on television, and had his team do the same with 4 seconds remaining in a 28-24 win.

Unsurprisingly, the clock rules were changed again in the offseason.

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Sunday, December 01, 2013

Longest Missed Field Goals, 1986-2013 (updated)

As far as I can tell, there are no league-wide official records kept for length of missed field goals. The following list is complete for 1986-2013, but there have been longer misses in the past (see the Moseley and Steinfort fair catch kicks). (Update 9/28/08: NBC has confirmed that Janikowski's 76-yard attempt was the longest since at least 1970, and that Moseley's 74-yarder was the previous long.) Note that 5 of the kicks took place in Denver.

Longest missed field goal attempts, NFL, 1986-2013:

KickerTeamLengthResultDateHow Missed?Notes
Sebastian JanikowskiOakland Raiders76SD 28, OAK 189/28/2008short
Phil DawsonSan Francisco 49ers71SF 35, STL 119/26/2013short, wide leftfair catch kick
Mason CrosbyGreen Bay Packers69GB 31, DET 2112/28/2008shortfair catch kick
John HallNew York Jets68NYJ 24, NE 1910/19/1997short
Neil RackersArizona Cardinals68NYG 37, ARI 2911/23/2008short, wide leftfair catch kick
Steve CoxWashington Redskins67MIA 23, WAS 2112/20/1987short, wide rightlast play of game
Rob BironasTennessee Titans67JAX 16, TEN 149/11/2011short, wide right
Jason ElamDenver Broncos66SEA 31, DEN 2712/10/1995short
Sebastian JanikowskiOakland Raiders66WAS 34, OAK 1312/13/2009short
Greg ZuerleinSt. Louis Rams66MIA 17, STL 1410/14/2012wide leftlast play of game
Robbie GouldChicago Bears66MIN 23, CHI 20 (OT)12/1/2013shortlast play of regulation
Steve ChristieBuffalo Bills65BUF 9, MIA 611/2/1997short
Jason ElamDenver Broncos65DEN 31, NYG 209/10/2001wide left0:07 2nd quarter; 
followed by Pochman’s 63-yd attempt
Jason HansonDetroit Lions65MIN 31, DET 2610/14/2001short
John KasayCarolina Panthers65DAL 35, CAR 1410/29/2006short
Jeff ReedPittsburgh Steelers65DEN 31, PIT 2810/21/2007short
Sebastian JanikowskiOakland Raiders65DET 28, OAK 2712/19/1999blockedlast play of game
Jason ElamDenver Broncos64DEN 36, SEA 3012/19/1999short
Neil RackersArizona Cardinals64BUF 38, ARI 1410/31/2004short
Sebastian JanikowskiOakland Raiders64HOU 24, OAK 1711/4/2007hit right upright1:15 2nd quarter
Sebastian JanikowskiOakland Raiders64OAK 26, JAX 23 (OT)10/21/2012 shortlast play of 4th quarter
Rafael SeptienDallas Cowboys63NYG 17, DAL 1411/2/1986short0:18 4th quarter
Chris BahrCleveland Browns63L.A. Raiders 27, CLE 1411/16/1986short
Mike CoferSan Francisco 49ers63SF 26, L.A. Rams 1012/17/1990short
Doug PelfreyCincinnati Bengals63CLE 29, CIN 2610/29/1995short
Toby GowinDallas Cowboys63DAL 26, JAX 2210/19/1997short
Mike VanderjagtIndianapolis Colts63IND 24, NYJ 2311/15/1998shortreturned for a TD by Aaron Glenn
Owen PochmanNew York Giants63DEN 31, NYG 209/10/2001wide right
Josh ScobeeJacksonville Jaguars63IND 14, JAX 129/13/2009short
Rian LindellBuffalo Bills63MIA 15, BUF 109/12/2010short
Alex HeneryPhiladelphia Eagles63ATL 35, PHI 319/18/2011short

All of the above were attempted at the end of the first half unless noted. Janikowski also missed a 66-yarder against Seattle in the 2008 preseason, Kasay missed a 66-yarder in the Pro Bowl following the 1996 season, and Justin Tucker missed 66- and 67-yarders in the Pro Bowl following the 2013 season.

Other confirmed long misses:

74: Mark Moseley, Washington Redskins, 11/25/1979 vs. New York Giants. Fair catch kick.

73: Fred Steinfort, Denver Broncos, 9/29/1980 vs. New England. Fair catch kick.

71: Joe Danelo, New York Giants, 10/28/1979 vs. Los Angeles Rams.

70: Mark Moseley, Washington Redskins, 9/2/1979 vs. Houston Oilers. The Redskins trailed by 2 at the end of the game.

64: Raul Allegre, Baltimore Colts, 12/11/1983 at Denver Broncos.  The Colts trailed by 2 at the end of the game.