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Matt Prater named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week

Posted Dec 7, 2016

Matt Prater was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for the third time in his past four games.

For the third time in four games, Lions kicker Matt Prater has been named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week. Prater set a career high with five field goals and 16 total points in Detroit's Week 13 win at New Orleans. He joins Barry Sanders as the only Lions players to earn three conference Player of the Week awards in the same season.

Prater also earned NFC Special Teams Player of the Week Awards this season following Week 9 at Minnesota and Week 12 vs. Minnesota. He took home the NFC Special Teams Player of the Month Award after tying for the conference lead with eight field goals in November.

  • Prater was 5-5 in field goal attempts from 27, 29, 32, 27 and 52 yards against New Orleans.
  • Prater became the first Lions kicker to make five field goals in a game since K Jason Hanson went 5-for-5 against Green Bay on November 27, 2003.
  • This was also the seventh time in Prater’s career that he has made 4 field goals in a single game and the second time he has accomplished this since joining the Lions in 2014.
  • With a 52-yard field goal at New Orleans, Prater (5 in 2015, 5 in 2016) joined Hanson (8 in 2009, 5 in 2011) as the only kickers in team history to make 5 50-yard field goals in a single season twice in their careers, and he became the first kicker in team history to make 5 50-yard field goals in consecutive seasons. His 52-yard field goal was his 34th 50-yarder of his career.
  • 2016 marks the fourth season of Prater's career that he's connected on at least five 50 yard field goals.
  • He has tied punter Sam Martin for the second-most special teams player of the week awards in team history (3).