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Matt Prater named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week

Posted Sep 13, 2017

Prater became the first player in the NFL to record 4+ punts and make a 50-yard field goal in the same game since 2005.

Kicker Matt Prater earned the Week 1 NFC Special Teams Player of the Week after making a 58-yard field goal and filling in as an emergency punter in Detroit's Week 1 win against Arizona. Below are some notes from his versatile performance:

  • Prater’s 58-yard field goal tied for the second-longest in Lions history and establishes a new team record for longest field goal at home.
  • Prater finished 1/1 on FGs, 2/2 on PATs, recorded four touchbacks on five kickoffs and allowed zero return yards on four punts, finishing with a 34.8 net average.
  • He now has the three longest field goals ever by a Lions kicker.
  • Prater became the first player in the NFL to record 4 punts and make a 50-yard field goal in the same game since Atlanta P Michael Koenen (7 punts, 1 50 yard FG) vs. New England October 9, 2005.
  • He joins K Jason Hanson as the only Lions kickers since at least 1960 to register a punt and a 50-yard field goal in the same game. Hanson punted 3 times and made a 53-yard field goal at Tennessee on September 23, 2012.
  • This is Prater's ninth career Special Teams Player of the Week Award (fourth with Detroit).