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Broncos' Matt Prater sets NFL mark with 64-yard field goal

DENVER, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater set an NFL record with a 64-yard field goal in Sunday's game against Tennessee.

NFL: Dallas 31, Oakland 24

ARLINGTON, Texas, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Tony Romo drove Dallas to a touchdown in the final seconds of the first half Thursday to ignite a rally that brought the Cowboys a 31-24 victory over Oakland.

NFL: Tennessee 23, Oakland 19

OAKLAND, Calif., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Kendall Wright hauled in a touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick with 15 seconds remaining Sunday, boosting the Tennessee Titans over Oakland 23-19.

NFL: Oakland 19, Jacksonville 9

OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Darren McFadden ran for 129 yards on 19 carries and Sebastian Janikowski booted four field goals Sunday in the Oakland Raiders' 19-9 win over Jacksonville.

NFL: Chicago 34, Oakland 26

OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Jay Cutler threw for 142 yards and a touchdown while staking Chicago to a 27-point lead Friday and the Bears went on to a 34-26 exhibition win over Oakland.

NFL: Oakland 15, Kansas City 0

OAKLAND, Calif., Dec. 16 (UPI) -- The Oakland Raiders rode Sebastian Janikowski's five field goals to a 15-0 blanking of Kansas City Sunday.
Manning, Rodgers receive NFL honors

Manning, Rodgers receive NFL honors

NEW YORK, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Quarterbacks Peyton Manning of Denver and Aaron Rodgers of Green Bay were named Thursday as the NFL's top offensive players for the month of October.

NFL: Oakland 25, Jacksonville 23 (OT)

OAKLAND, Calif., Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 40-yard field goal following a turnover in overtime Sunday, completing Oakland's 26-23 come-from-behind win over Jacksonville.

NFL: Oakland 34, Pittsburgh 31

OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Sebastian Janikowski's 43-yard field goal on the final play of the game Sunday gave the Oakland Raiders a 34-31 victory over Pittsburgh.

NFL: Oakland 16, Kansas City 13 (OT)

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Sebastian Janikowski's third field goal -- a 36-yard boot in overtime -- propelled the Oakland Raiders to a key 16-13 win over Kansas City Saturday.

NFL: Detroit 28, Oakland 27

OAKLAND, Calif., Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Calvin Johnson hauled down his second TD pass of the game with 39 seconds left Sunday and the Detroit Lions rallied past Oakland 28-27.

NFL: Oakland 25, Chicago 20

OAKLAND, Calif., Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Sebastian Janikowski booted a team-record six field goals Sunday, propelling the Oakland Raiders to their third straight win, 25-20 over Chicago.

NFL: Oakland 24, Cleveland 17

OAKLAND, Calif., Oct. 16 (UPI) -- A 101-yard kickoff return by Jacoby Ford and a touchdown pass by punter Shane Lechler Sunday lifted Oakland to a 24-17 victory over Cleveland.

NFL: Oakland 23, Denver 20

DENVER, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Jason Campbell passed for a touchdown and ran for another Monday in the Oakland Raiders' 23-20 season-opening win over Denver.

NFL: Oakland 39, Denver 23

OAKLAND, Calif., Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Oakland's Jason Campbell found Marcel Reece on a 73-yard scoring pass in the fourth quarter Sunday and the Raiders went on to best Denver 39-23.
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SXP2001010602 - 6 JANUARY 2001 - OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA, USA: Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski aims at a hold by Shane Lechler (9) in the second quarter 1/06/01. Janikowski hit two field goals as the Raiders shut out the Dolphins 27-0. rw/ts/Terry Schmitt UPI
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Sebastian Janikowski (Polish pronunciation: ; born March 2, 1978, Wałbrzych, Poland) is a left footed Polish placekicker who currently plays for the National Football League's Oakland Raiders. He is nickamed The Polish Cannon because he is considered to have one of the strongest kicking legs in the league, and leads the NFL in kickoffs for touchbacks. He currently lives in Castro Valley, California. Together with Tom Dempsey and Jason Elam, he holds the NFL record for longest field goal at 63 yards.

Sebastian Janikowski was born an only child to Henryk and Halina Janikowski in Wałbrzych, southwest Poland. His father was a professional soccer player, and moved to the United States in the early 1980s in the hopes of reviving his career. Years after emigrating, his parents divorced and Henryk married an American citizen. Left at home with just his mother, Sebastian began to excel at soccer himself. In 1993, 15-year-old Sebastian earned a spot on the Polish under-17 team.

His father's marriage to an American meant that Sebastian could legally emigrate to the United States. He spoke very little English, but learned quickly by taking a three-week night class and by watching television. Janikowski played in only 5 games for the Orangewood Christian soccer team, but led them to the Class A State Championship game by scoring 15 goals, where they lost to Lakeland Christian in penalty kicks (3-2). Now living in Orlando, Florida with his father and stepmother, Sebastian joined the Orlando Lions, an under-19 soccer club coached by Angelo Rossi. Rossi was also the soccer coach at Seabreeze High School in Daytona Beach, and he convinced Henryk that his son would be better off there. Henryk agreed but was unwilling to move, so Sebastian moved in with Rossi's family.

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