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Matt Prater named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week

Posted Nov 9, 2016

Kicker Matt Prater earned the Detroit Lions' second NFC Special Teams Player of the Week Award of the 2016 season.

Kicker Matt Prater was named NFC special teams player of the week for his clutch performance at Minnesota in the Detroit Lions' Week 9 win:

  • Matt 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.

  • 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.

  • He now has four game-tying or game-winning field goals this season with less than two minutes to play in the fourth quarter. For his career, this was his 12th career game-tying/game-winning field goal with less than two minutes to play in regulation or in 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 now has 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.

  • He joins Jason Hanson (12 times) as the only Lions kickers to win NFC Special Teams Player of the Week awards.

  • This is the first time Prater has won this award since joining the Lions in 2014.  He earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week five times while with Denver.

  • This marks the first year since 1993 that a Lions kicker (Prater in Week 9) and punter (P Sam Martin in Week 1) have earned Player of the Week honors in the same season. Special Teams Player of the Week was first awarded in 1993, and Hanson won the award in Week 1 and P Jim Arnold earned the honors in Week 18.