Vikings kicker Greg Joseph had spoken earlier in the week about hoping to break the record for longest field goal in team history. On Sunday, he tied it.
Joseph drilled a 56-yard field goal in the third quarter of Minnesota’s resounding 23-7 win over Green Bay at U.S. Bank Stadium. That tied the record previously set by Paul Edinger in 2005 and Blair Walsh in 2012.
“I saw him make that kick,” said Edinger, who was watching on television at his home in Florida. “He has a nice smooth stroke. He’ll have plenty of opportunities to beat the 56-yard record, I’m sure. He should have a nice career with the Vikings if he continues to stroke them like that.”
Joseph, in his second Minnesota season, made all three of his field-goal attempts Sunday, also hitting from 28 and 29 yards. He downplayed the 56-yarder.
“Coach (Kevin O’Connell) calls it and I go out there,” Joseph said. “I was confident that I’d do my best and put my best forward to help the team.”
Joseph said the ball “felt good” when it left his foot. It would have been good from well over 50 yards.
In the preseason, Joseph made a 58-yard attempt at Denver and a 60-yarder in practice. That prompted O’Connell to say entering Sunday’s game that he might extend Joseph’s range.
“Without hesitation, he goes on and sets his career long right there,” O’Connell said of the kick. “I think he was great.”