Matt Bryant has made his mark as arguably the greatest kicker in Falcons history, and he just keeps on burnishing an impressive list of accomplishments this year. Today, he booted a 59 yard field goal to close out the first half of the game, which is tied for the longest field goal in franchise history with a 59 yarder from fellow great Morten Andersen back in 1995 against the 49ers. This story has been updated to reflect that fact.
I initially and erroneously said that was Matt Bryant’s career long for a field goal, forgetting about the crazy 62 yarder he hit earlier in his career. While that’s a function of my poor memory more than anything else, it’s easy to forget some of Bryant’s early accomplishments because he’s been so good for so long without beloved Falcons, and he’s somehow still kicking at an extremely high level with his 40th birthday firmly in his rear view mirror. The Falcons unfortunately lost this game, but Atlanta’s got to be proud of a kicker who has been unreal for a long, long time.
Congratulations to Matt Bryant!