MINNEAPOLIS -- Minutes after the St. Louis Rams eschewed an extra point because of concerns about the wind at the west end of the stadium, coach Jeff Fisher sent kicker Greg Zuerlein on to the field to attempt a 61-yard field goal after switching sides.
With the wind at his back, Zuerlein made it with room to spare, the longest field goal of Zuerlein's career and the longest in franchise history. Zuerlein made a 60-yarder in his rookie season in 2012. He missed a 63-yard attempt wide right two weeks ago against Cleveland.
Winds at TCF Bank Stadium are swirling around 20 miles per hour on the open west end of the stadium, but it's at the offense's back going east. Fisher was concerned about the wind on the west end before the game and decided to go for a two-point conversion rather than an extra point because of it.
After the first quarter ended and the Rams changed directions, Fisher didn't hesitate to put Zuerlein on the field for the long field goal. The converted field goal made it 10-9, with the Minnesota Vikings leading in the second quarter.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, Zuerlein and Oakland kicker Sebastian Janikowski are the only two kickers in the past 15 years to make multiple 60-plus yard field goals.