Vikings’ Greg Joseph ties team record with 56-yard field goal against Packers – Twin Cities

Vikings kicker Greg Joseph spoke earlier in the week about his hopes of breaking the record for longest field goal in team history. On Sunday, he tied it.

Joseph scored a 56-yard field goal in the third quarter of Minnesota’s resounding 23-7 win over Green Bay at US Bank Stadium. This equaled the record previously set by Paul Edinger in 2005 and Blair Walsh in 2012.

“I saw him do that kick,” said Edinger, who was watching on TV at his Florida home. “He has a nice smooth shot. He’ll have plenty of chances to break the 56-yard record, I’m sure. He should have a great career with the Vikings if he continues to caress them like that.

Joseph, in his second season at Minnesota, made all three field goal attempts Sunday, also hitting for 28 and 29 yards. He underplayed the 56 yards.

“Coach (Kevin O’Connell) calls him and I go over there,” Joseph said. “I was convinced that I would do my best and do my best to help the team.”

Joseph said the ball “felt good” when it left his foot. It would have been fine at over 50 yards.

During the preseason, Joseph made a 58-yard attempt in Denver and a 60-yard attempt in practice. That prompted O’Connell to say going into Sunday’s game that he could extend Joseph’s reach.

“Without hesitation he goes on and establishes his long career there,” O’Connell said of the kick. “I think he was great.”

Denise W. Whigham