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The kick tied the record set by Tom Dempsey of the New Orleans Saints back in 1970 to give the Saints a last second 19-17 win over the equally hapless Detroit Lions. The record was also equaled on October 25, 1998 when Jason Elam of the Denver Broncos kicked a 63-yarder.
Dempsey was born without toes on his right foot and nofingers on his right arm. He wore a modified shoe with a flattened and enlarged toe surface. This generated some controversy and eventually led to the "Tom Dempsey Rule," in 1977. The new rule said “any shoe that is worn by aplayer with an artificial limb on his kicking leg must have a kicking surface that conforms to that of a normal kicking shoe." We don’t know that the rule has ever been used since…
(Editor's Note: The word out in cyberspace and gurgling around talk radio is that the Raiders are going to challege the official spot of the kick claiming it was really a record-breaking 64 yard field goal. Nice, Al Davis, NICE!)