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Watch Eagles kicker Jake Eliott's parents celebrate his 61-yard, game-winning field goal

Rookie kicker Jake Elliott sent Philadelphia Eagles fans into a frenzy after his epic 61-yard field goal beat the New York Giants on Sunday.

Among those fans: his proud dad, who fought to hold back tears as he watched from the stands at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Eagles posted a video of Bruce Elliott hugging his wife, Diana, and stifling tears of joy after their son made the longest field goal by a rookie kicker in NFL history to seal the Eagles' 27-24 win.

It was a heartwarming moment amid a tense day for the NFL, where dozens of players from different teams knelt during the national anthem in rebuke of President Trump's fiery comments about player protests.

Two weeks ago, Elliott, 22, wasn't a member of the Eagles — in fact, he wasn't even on an NFL roster.

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Philadelphia Eagles kicker Jake Elliott celebrates with teammates after nailing a 61-yard field goal to beat the Giants on Sunday.

At the start of the season, Elliott was on the Cincinnati Bengals' practice squad after failing to make that team's 53-man roster. The Bengals picked the Memphis grad in the fifth round of April's NFL draft.

The Eagles signed him to replace starting kicker Caleb Sturgis, who was injured in a season-opening victory.

Now Elliott boasts the longest field goal of any kicker in team history. The kick was also just three yards shy of the NFL record, a 64-yarder by Denver Broncos' Matt Prater in 2013.

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Teammates Najee Goode and Kamu Grugier-Hill carried Elliott off the field in celebration as the home crowd roared.

"It’s a little bit stunning," Elliott told Sports Illustrated. "Surreal. Really surreal."

That's a triumphant moment that would bring tears to any parent's eyes.

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