Andersen breaks NFL scoring record

Morten Anderson
Morten Anderson

ATLANTA - Morten Andersen became the leading scorer in N-F-L history tonight with a pair of extra points in the Atlanta Falcons' game against Dallas.

The 46-year-old Andersen went past Gary Anderson with his second kick, which pushed the native of Denmark to two-thousand-435 points in his 24-year career.

As soon as the ball sailed through the uprights with 6:30 left in the second quarter, Andersen threw both arms in the air, then leaped into the arms of holder Matt Schaub. Andersen received a standing ovation from the Georgia Dome crowd as he trotted toward the sideline, where he was mobbed by coach Jim Mora and the rest of the team.

The previous week at Tampa Bay, Andersen tied another of Anderson's records with his 538th career field goal. Andersen signed with the Falcons before Week Three, becoming the second-oldest player in N-F-L history behind George Blanda.

The Atlanta kicker has made 538 of 679 field goal attempts and all but ten of his 831 extra point tries.