This is a scoring play where the kicker has the opportunity to score three points by kicking the football through the uprights from any point on the field. In the NFL, no points are awarded if the kicker misses. In the CFL, however, the team can be awarded one point for a missed field goal as long as the ball does not come back out of the end zone.
Three players in the NFL are tied for the longest field goal in history: Tom Dempsey, Jason Elam and Sebastian Janikowski. In the 2011 season Janikowski attempted a 65-yard field goal, which was blocked by the defense. This was a record as the longest attempted field goal in the history of the NFL.