Cundiff joins rare company

Ravens kicker's 51-yarder is only fourth field goal of 50+ yards at Heinz Field

November 08, 2011|By Edward Lee

Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff became part of an elite group of kickers when he booted a 51-yard field goal with no time remaining in the second quarter of the team’s eventual 23-20 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Cundiff joined former Steeler Jeff Reed and former San Francisco 49er Joe Nedney as the only players to have kicked field goals over 50 yards at Heinz Field, according to research compiled by Dan Worthington of The Newark Star-Ledger.

Reed, who has kicked two field goals of at least 50 yards, owns the longest field goal made at Heinz Field, a 52-yarder against the Atlanta Falcon on Sept. 12, 2010. But Cundiff’s was arguably the most critical as it gave the Ravens a 9-6 lead at halftime and contributed to the team’s three-point win.

“I think the one at the end of the half was probably the biggest one,” coach John Harbaugh said Monday. “That was huge for us because it was a 51-yarder, and I think there’s only been four 50-plus yarders kicked there in history at Heinz Field. That shows you how tough it is. The footing was really tough. The first kick, I think his drive foot slipped a little bit, and that contributed to the push. But that was obviously huge.”

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