Video: Former Redblacks kicker blasts 62-yard field goal in Cowboys win

Former Ottawa Redblack kicker Brett Maher set a Dallas Cowboys franchise record with a 62-yard field goal on the final play of the first half in Sunday’s win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Maher had three field goals in the 29-23 overtime victory.

“I hit it about as good as I could have,” Maher told the Dallas News. “It started out on line. It’s different when it’s that far back because it seems like it’s in the air forever, so you’re just kind of waiting for it to come down. But I felt like I gave it the best chance I could.”

The 62-yarder is tied for the seventh-longest field goal in NFL history (the record is 64 yards.)

Despite some early struggles, the 29-year-old has gone 27 of 32 (84.4 per cent) in his first season with the Cowboys

Maher had arguably his best pro season with Ottawa in 2017 when he recorded a 46.7-yard punting average and made 82 per cent of his field goals (41-for-50). The 28-year-old hit the exact same number of field goals on as many attempts for Hamilton in 2016 with a 45.9 punting average.

After going unselected in the 2013 NFL draft, Maher signed with the New York Jets, but he was released two and a half months later. The Dallas Cowboys brought him in for two weeks of training camp that August and let him go. Winnipeg brought Maher to camp in 2014. Once the Bombers cut him he broke into the CFL with the Redblacks in 2014 by making 18-of-25 field goals and punting for a 45.4-yard average.

Maher was signed by the Cowboys this past April after he beat out Dan Bailey, the second-most accurate kicker in NFL history, who was released. He had been with the Cowboys since 2011.

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