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Atlanta Falcons kicker Dan Carpenter made one of the most famous field goals in NFL history on Saturday, ending a streak of 14 straight home victories by the Atlanta Falcons over the Tennessee Titans.
Carpenter’s 41-yarder came with 5:38 left in the third quarter.
Atlanta defeated the Titans 24-20.
The Falcons are 10-1 on the season.
The win moved the Falcons into first place in the NFC South and placed them in the wild-card game with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Tennessee won its last two games and is coming off a victory over the Green Bay Packers.
Carpenter made four field goals of 33 yards or more and two of 24.
Atlanta is now 8-1 at home this season.
He is on pace to break a career-high of 20 field goals made in a game.
The previous record was set by Dan Marino with 20 in a 27-17 victory over Indianapolis in 1999.
Carpenter is tied for fourth on the Falcons with 10 kickoffs for a career average of 35.6 yards.
He had a game-high six kickoffs inside the 20-yard line.
He also had three punts of 40 yards or longer.
The Titans had the better of the first half, scoring on their first four drives of the second half.
Tennessee made four plays of 30 yards or better on its first five drives of its fourth quarter.
Carpenter connected on all five of his field goals.
The Steelers led 24-0 midway through the third period.
Carpenter tied the game when he connected from 25 yards to the right sideline for a 17-8 lead.
Tennessee was up 28-0 on a 3-yard run by DeMarcus Ware with 9:36 remaining in the fourth quarter and then tied it at 24-all on a 6-yard pass to Justin Hunter by Matt Jones.
The Tennessee drive stalled and Carpenter was called for a personal foul on the play.
The penalty was overturned and the Titans would win 24-24.
The officials awarded a penalty to the Tennessee team.
Carpenter was the only kicker on the Titans roster who had been called for personal fouls in the past five games.
The team had already given up 21 touchdowns to quarterbacks and had allowed more than one touchdown on nine straight possessions entering Saturday.