Why is it that Cowboys kicker Brett Maher’s field goal accuracy is so good from 60-yards or beyond?
If it wasn’t bad enough, that they had to watch as they were completely dismantled, the Vikings also had to watch the Cowboys kicker make history.
Given the dominant display that Dallas put on against Minnesota, it’s only fitting that there was a record broken amidst all the action on Sunday night.
Cowboys’ Brett Maher is in a class by himself
Here’s the thing: A 60-yard field goal is not something you see every day in the NFL. Even less frequent - considering how hard one is to pull off - is to see it done twice in the same game. Yet, that’s exactly what happened on Sunday, when the Cowboys’ Brett Maher showed the Vikings, that he knows a thing or two about kicking. It was just before halftime - 13 seconds to be exact - and the Cowboys were closer to their own end zone, than they were to Minnesota’s. Queue Dak Prescott and out of nowhere, Dallas’ signal caller hit Ceedee Lamb with a 27-yard pass. Now at the 42, up stepped Maher and being an NFL record holder, did what such players do.
Straight out of a movie: Maher’s first attempt was disallowed
Now, here’s the second thing: Maher has a thing for 60-yard field goals, which is to say he’s actually never miss from 60-yards or longer. To be clear, before Sunday’s game, Dallas’ kicker had nailed three field goals on three attempts from that distance or more, which if you weren’t sure, is the NFL record. This, however, is where things got crazy. Not only did he make it four-for-four, he actually had to take the kick twice due to the first being waived off. Technically that means he went five-for-five, but you get the point: The guy doesn’t miss from 60 or beyond. See for yourself:
Why was Brett Maher’s first kick flagged?
Fans were left puzzled after Maher’s first attempt sailed between the uprights, only to see the referees waiving it off. At that point, they announced that they would be reviewing Lamb’s aforementioned catch, which was to be honest, incredible. It’s worth noting, that despite doubts about the call, the booth was within its right to review the play, given that there were less than two minutes remaining. On the other hand, it’s also worth noting that officials didn’t request a replay until after Maher’s kick. Ultimately, it didn’t matter. As we said before: The guy doesn’t miss from 60 or beyond.
Brett Maher broke his own record
While Maher’s field goal pushed the Cowboys to a 23-3 lead, it should be obvious that they were killing the Vikings by that point, so let’s focus on the record part. The Cowboys’ kicker broke his own record for most career field goals from 60-yards or beyond. With four under his belt, he’s now clearly atop the list on his own as no other kicker has more than two. In the end, Dallas romped to a 40-3 win and on the night, Maher put three field goals on the board. If ever there was a way to make up for Week 10′s loss to the stumbling Packers, while keeping pace with the high-flying Eagles, that was it. The Giants will need to watch themselves in Week 12.