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Matt Prater named NFC Special Teams Player of the Month

Posted Dec 1, 2016

The conference player of the month award is the third of Matt Prater's career.

One day after being named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week, Lions kicker Matt Prater earned his third career conference Special Teams Player of the Month Award. Prater is the first Lion to win Special Teams Player of the Month since Jason Hanson in Sept., 2011. He previously earned the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month Award with the Denver Broncos in Dec./Jan. of 2011 and Sept. of 2009.

Prater tied for a conference-best eight made field goals and led the NFC with six 40 yard field goals in November. He was 3-for-3 on game-tying or game-winning field goals with less than 2 minutes to play, helping the Lions to a 3-0 record in the month.

Prater earned a pair of NFC Special Teams Player of the Week Awards (Weeks 9 and 12) in November after converting a pair of game-tying field goals occurred in wins against the Minnesota Vikings that helped propel Detroit into first place in the division. He made a 58-yarder with :00 left at Minnesota (11/6) and a 48-yarder with 1:45 left on Thanksgiving vs. Minnesota (11/24). He then made a game-winning 40-yarder as time expired in the Thanksgiving Day win.

Prater's game-by-game notes:

MINNESOTA – 11/24: Prater connected on 3-of-3 field goal attempts (29, 48, 40) and scored 10 of the team’s 16 points in Detroit’s 16-13 thrilling Thanksgiving Day comeback win.

  • Prater tied the game with a 48-yarder with 1:45 left to play in the game, and then nailed a game-winning 40-yarder as time expired. He now has 12 career game-winning kicks with less than 2:00 to play in the fourth quarter or in overtime.
  • This was the third time in Prater’s career (first with the Lions) that he has connected on a game-tying field goal with less than 2:00 minutes to play in the fourth quarter, and then made the game-winning field goal later in the fourth quarter or in OT.
  • His 40-yarder to end the game marked the fourth game-winning field goal of his career (second with the Lions) as time expired.
  • He has now made 18 game-winning or game-tying field goals with under 4:00 to play in the fourth quarter or in overtime, including six in 2016.
  • With his 48 and 40-yard field goals against the Vikings, Prater is now 25-for-25 in his career on game-tying and game-winning field goals in the fourth quarter or overtime.
  • Prater now has 26 career games with 3 field goals and 39 games with 10 points scored.

 

JACKSONVILLE – 11/20:  Prater made two field goals (27, 43) in the Lions’ 26-19 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars on November 20. He also contributed 2 PATs as he scored 8 points in the game.

  • He made a 43-yard kick with 22 seconds left in the fourth quarter to extend the Lions’ lead to 26-19.

 

AT MINNESOTA – 11/6:  Prater’s late-game performance at Minnesota forced the game into overtime where the Lions would claim a 22-16 win in overtime on an opening-drive touchdown. Prater connected on 3-of-3 field goals at U.S. Bank Stadium, including kicks of 47, 53 and 58 yards. He also contributed 1 PAT as he scored 10 of the team’s 22 points.

 

  • He joined K Jim Martin (vs. Bal 10/23/60) and K Jason Hanson (four times) as the only kickers in team history with two 50 -yard field goals in a single game.
  • Prater’s 58-yarder occurred with two seconds left to play in regulation. It was the second-longest field goal in team history and the longest game-winning or game-tying field goal in the fourth quarter or overtime.
  • With 12:33 left to play in the fourth quarter, Prater connected on a 53-yard field goal that gave the Lions a 13-9 lead. That field goal was Prater’s 200th field goal of his career.
  • By making two 50-yard field goals at Minnesota, he reached 33 career 50-yard field goals and moved past K Adam Vinatieri for eighth on the NFL’s list of all-time career 50-yard field goals.
  • Prater converted a 58-yard field goal as time expired in the fourth quarter to force overtime in the Lions’ 22-16 win at Minnesota. It marked the second-longest game-tying field goal in the final minute of the fourth quarter in NFL history; Prater also holds the record for the longest such field goal (59 yards on December 11, 2011 with Denver against Chicago). In his career, Prater is now 23 of 23 on game-tying or go-ahead field-goal attempts in the fourth quarter or overtime.