Broncos’ Prater kicks record 64-yard field goal 

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  • The Broncos’ Matt Prater (5) and Britton Colquitt celebrate after Prater’s 64-yard field goal at the end of the first half.
Denver kicker Matt Prater kicked an NFL-record 64-yard field goal as the first half expired in the Broncos’ 51-28 win against Tennessee on Sunday.

Prater’s kick on a clear day in 14-degree weather with nary a hint of wind barely cleared the crossbar.

The 64-yarder bested the record of 63 set by the New Orleans Saints’ Tom Dempsey in 1970 and tied by Denver’s Jason Elam in 1998, the Raiders’ Sabastian Janikowski in 2011 and 49ers’ David Akers last season.

Pats lose Gronkowski: New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski suffered a suspected torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in Sunday’s 27-26 victory against the Cleveland Browns and is expected to undergo an MRI today.

AP set for MRI: Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will have an MRI on his right foot after he was forced out of Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens. Peterson, the NFL’s leading rusher, left in the second quarter after being tackled on an icy field.

Snow storms aplenty: The NFL often promotes football as a bad weather sport. It got its share early Sunday in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington and Pittsburgh. Blowing snow made traction and visibility difficult for Lions at Eagles, Vikings at Ravens, Chiefs at Redskins, and Dolphins at Steelers. The snow so obscured the yard markers it was nearly impossible for fans to tell exactly where the ball was at all four stadiums. Televising networks superimposed the yard lines and numbers for viewers at home.

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