PLAYER
Matt Prater
K #5
Height:
5-10
Weight:
201
Age:
32
College:
Central Florida
Hometown:
Mayfield Heights, OH
Experience:
11

Quick Stats (2016):

FGA
36
FGM
31
PCT
86.1
LNG
58
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesOverall FGsOverall FgsPATKickoffs
GGSBlkLngFG AttFGMPctXP AttXPMPctBlkKOAvgTBRetAvg
TOTAL 3 64 260 216 83.1 355 348 98 2 516 65.2 266 239 24.6
2016 DET 16 0 0 58 36 31 86.1 33 31 93.9 1 2 58 1 1 32
2015 DET 16 0 0 59 24 22 91.7 39 36 92.3 1 4 55.8 0 3 17.3
2014 DET 11 0 2 52 26 21 80.8 21 21 100 0 -- -- -- -- --
2013 DEN 16 0 0 64 26 25 96.2 75 75 100 0 114 64.8 81 31 29.7
2012 DEN 16 0 0 53 32 26 81.3 55 55 100 0 98 64.3 65 33 22.3
2011 DEN 16 0 1 59 25 19 76 30 30 100 0 69 64.4 47 19 24.7
2010 DEN 12 0 0 59 18 16 88.9 29 28 96.6 0 57 64.6 20 34 25.1
2009 DEN 16 0 0 51 35 30 85.7 32 32 100 0 78 68.4 28 49 22.8
2008 DEN 16 0 0 56 34 25 73.5 40 39 97.5 0 83 65.1 19 63 24.7
2007 DEN 2 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 7 67.3 2 5 26.4
2007 ATL 2 0 0 45 4 1 25 1 1 100 0 4 71.3 3 1 22
Recent Games
WKOppResultOverall FGsPATKickoffs
BlkLngFG AttFGMPctXP AttXPMPctBlkKOAvgTBRetAvg
1 @IND W 39-35 0 43 1 1 100 5 4 80 0 -- -- -- -- --
2 TEN L 15-16 0 42 2 2 100 1 1 100 0 -- -- -- -- --
3 @GB L 27-34 0 50 3 2 66.7 3 3 100 0 -- -- -- -- --
4 @CHI L 14-17 0 50 2 2 100 0 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
5 PHI W 24-23 0 29 1 1 100 3 3 100 0 -- -- -- -- --
6 LA W 31-28 0 34 1 1 100 4 4 100 0 -- -- -- -- --
7 WAS W 20-17 0 43 3 2 66.7 2 2 100 0 -- -- -- -- --
8 @HOU L 13-20 0 47 3 2 66.7 1 1 100 0 -- -- -- -- --
9 @MIN W 22-16 0 58 3 3 100 1 1 100 0 1 66 0 1 --
11 JAX W 26-19 0 43 2 2 100 3 2 66.7 1 -- -- -- -- --
12 MIN W 16-13 0 48 3 3 100 1 1 100 0 -- -- -- -- --
13 @NO W 28-13 0 52 5 5 100 1 1 100 0 -- -- -- -- --
14 CHI W 20-17 0 54 2 2 100 2 2 100 0 -- -- -- -- --
15 @NYG L 6-17 0 48 2 2 100 0 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
16 @DAL L 21-42 0 0 1 0 0 3 3 100 0 1 50 1 0 --
17 GB L 24-31 0 54 2 1 50 3 3 100 0 -- -- -- -- --

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Biography

Eleventh-year kicker out of UCF who spent seven seasons (2007-13) with the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons before joining the Lions as a free agent in 2014.

MANE FACTS

  • PRO BOWL: 2014, 2017

TRANSACTIONS

  • Re-signed by the Lions as an unrestricted free agent to a three-year contract on March 9, 2015.
  • Signed by the Detroit Lions as a free agent on October 7, 2014.
  • Suspension lifted on October 6, 2014.
  • Released by the Denver Broncos on October 3, 2014.
  • Suspended four games for violating the NFL Substance Abuse Policy on August 24, 2014.
  • Re-signed by the Broncos on July 2, 2012.
  • Designated franchise player by the Broncos on March 5, 2012.
  • Re-signed by the Broncos on July 29, 2011.
  • Re-signed by the Broncos on March 9, 2008.
  • Signed by the Denver Broncos on December 19, 2007.
  • Signed to the Dolphins practice squad on November 15, 2007.
  • Released by the Falcons on September 17, 2007.
  • Signed by the Atlanta Falcons on August 30, 2007.
  • Released by the Dolphins on August 27, 2007.
  • Signed by the Miami Dolphins as a free agent on January 11, 2007.
  • Released by the Lions on August 27, 2007.
  • Signed by the Detroit Lions as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 4, 2006.

PRO
Eleventh-year kicker out of UCF who spent seven seasons (2007-13) with the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons before joining the Lions as a free agent in 2014.

  • Praters 31 field goal's made in 2016 earned him sole possession of third place on the Lions' all-time list for single-season field goals, ranking behind only K Jason Hanson's 34 in 1993 and 32 in 2012.
  • With a 54-yard field goal vs. Chicago (12/11/16), Prater notched his sixth 50+-yarder of 2016 and moved into second place for most 50-yard field goals by a Lion in a single season. He finished the 2016 season with seven.
  • With a 52-yard field goal at New Orleans (12/4/16), Prater 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 (5 in 2015) 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.
  • With 1:45 remaining vs. Minnesota on Thanksgiving (11/24/16), Prater notched a 48-yard field goal to tie the game at 13. Following a turnover on Minnesota’s next possession, Prater 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 overtime. Overall, he has now kicked 18 game-winning or game-tying field goals with under 4:00 to play in the fourth quarter or overtime, including six in 2016.
  • With a 50-yard field goal at Green Bay (9/25/15), Prater connected on his 30th career 50-yard field goal to become the eighth kicker in NFL history to make 30 50+-yard field goals.
  • With a 59-yard field goal to end the first half in the 2015 season finale at Chicago (1/3/16), Prater set a new team record for the longest field goal in Lions history. His 59-yarder surpassed the previous record of 56 accomplished twice by K Jason Hanson (Cle 10/8/95; at Car 11/16/08). Prater’s kick was the longest in the history of Soldier Field (Bears K Robbie Gould made the previous long of 58 yards).

2016: Began his 10th NFL season by kicking his ninth career game-winning field goal (with less than 2:00 to play in the fourth quarter or in overtime) with :04 remaining in Week 1 at Indianapolis (9/11).

  • Posted seven points in Week 2 vs. Tennessee (9/18), going 2-for-2 in field goals and notching a PAT after QB Matthew Stafford found WR Anquan Boldin for a 24-yard score in the first quarter.
  • Connected on a 50-yard field goal in Week 3 at Green Bay (9/25), becoming the eighth kicker in NFL history to make 30 50+-yard field goals. Contributed nine points on the day.
  • Nailed a 50-yard field goal in the second quarter in Week 4 at Chicago (10/2), marking his 31st career 50+-yarder. Finished 2-for-2 on the afternoon.
  • Connected on a 29-yard field goal with 1:28 remaining in Week 5 vs. Philadelphia (10/9) to give the Lions a 24-23 victory. It was his 10th game-winning field goal with less than 2:00 to play in the fourth quarter or overtime, and second in 2016. He has now kicked 14 game-winning or game-tying field goals with under 4:00 to play in the fourth quarter or overtime in his 10 year career.
  • Kicked a 34-yard game-winning field goal with 1:29 left to play in Week 6 vs. Los Angeles (10/16). It was his second game-winner in as many weeks and third of the season. He now has 11 career game-winning kicks with less than 2:00 to play in the fourth quarter or in overtime and 15 career game-winning or game-tying field goals with under 4:00 to play in the fourth quarter or in overtime.
  • Posted eight points in Week 7 vs. Washington (10/23), going 2-for-3 in field goals and notching two PAT’s.
  • Nailed two field goals and a PAT in Week 8 at Houston (10/30), posting seven points.
  • Forced the game into overtime with a game-tying 58-yard field goal as time expired as part of a 3-for-3 (47, 53, 58) afternoon in Week 9 at Minnesota (11/6). His 58-yarder was the second-longest field goal in team history and longest game-tying or game-winning field goal in the fourth quarter or overtime.
  • It was his fourth game-tying or game-winning field goal this season with less than two minutes to play in the fourth quarter and the 12th of his career.
  • Notched his 200th career field goal on a 53-yarder with 12:33 left to play in the fourth quarter.
  • 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. Also moved past K Adam Vinatieri (32) for eighth on the NFL’s all-time 50-yard field goal list with 33.
  • Kicked two field goals and totaled eight points in Week 11 vs. Jacksonville (11/20).
  • Accounted for 10 of Detroit’s 16 points in the team’s 16-13 Week 12 come-from-behind victory over Minnesota on Thanksgiving Day (11/24).
  • With 1:45 remaining, he notched a 48-yard field goal to tie the game at 13. Following a turnover on Minnesota’s next possession, Prater 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 overtime.
  • Overall, he has now kicked 18 game-winning or game-tying field goals with under 4:00 to play in the fourth quarter or overtime, including six in 2016.
  • Set a single-game career high with five successful field goal attempts (27, 29, 32, 27, 52) in Week 13 at New Orleans (12/4). Also notched a PAT, totalling 16 points on the afternoon, which also set a new single-game career high.
  • Connected on both field goals (29, 54) and posted eight points in Week 14 vs. Chicago (12/11).
  • By nailing a 54-yarder in the third quarter, Prater connected on his 35th-career 50-yard field goal and sixth of 2016, which moved him into second place on the franchise’s all-time list for most 50-yard field goals in a single season.
  • In Week 15 at New York Giants (12/18), he made field goals of 48 and 33 yards. Prater (30) joined K Jason Hanson (34 in 1993, 32 in 2012) as the only kickers in team history to make 30+ field goals in a season.
  • Successfully kicked three extra points in Week 16 at Dallas (12/26).
  • Connected on his seventh 50+-yard field goal of the season in Week 17 vs. Green Bay (1/1), a 54-yarder that brought his season total to 31 made field goals, a career-best and the third-highest single-season total in team history.
  • Prater (124) led the team in scoring for the third consecutive season and became the first player since K Jason Hanson to reach 120+ points. He joined Hanson (5 times; 1993, 1995, 2007, 2011, 2012), RB Doak Walker (1950) and K Eddie Murray (1981) as the only players in team history to score 120+ points in a season.
  • Notched two 50+-yard field goals (51, 53) for the Lions only points of the NFC Wild Card Game at Seattle (1/7).

2015: Concluded the 2015 season as one of the most accurate kickers in the NFL as he finished tied for fifth in field goal percentage (91.7), converting 22 of his 24 field goal attempts. Also tied for third in Lions history in single-season 50-yard field goals made with five.

  • Connected on four PATs in Week 1 at San Diego (9/13).
  • Notched a 26-yard field goal, his first of the season, in the second quarter and successfully nailed one PAT in Week 2 at Minnesota (9/20). Tallied four total points on the day.
  • Garnered a 41-yard field goal in the second quarter and posted a PAT following DT Caraun Reid’s defensive touchdown in Week 4 at Seattle (10/5).
  • In Week 5 vs. Arizona (10/11) connected on a 40-yard field goal in the fourth quarter and tallied two PAT’s. Posted five points on the day.
  • Knocked in the game winning 27-yard field goal set up by QB Matthew Stafford’s 57-yard bomb to WR Calvin Johnson deep in overtime in Week 6 vs. Chicago (10/18). Prater posted the game-winning field goal with 3:54 left in overtime and posted two field goals, four PATs and led the team with 10 points in the game.
  • In Week 7 vs. Minnesota (10/25), drilled a 52-yard field goal in the second quarter, which gave the Lions a 17-6 lead. The 52 yarder marked his 25th career 50-yard field goal. Prater was also 2-for-2 in field goals and notched two PAT’s for a total of five points.
  • In Week 8 at Kansas City (11/1), connected on a 35-yard field goal and one PAT at Wembley Stadium and totaled four points on the day.
  • With a 51-yard field goal, notched his 26th career 50+ yarder in Week 10 at Green Bay (11/15) and was 2-for-2 on field goals.
  • In Week 11 vs. Oakland (11/22) recorded three field goals, including his 27th career 50+ yard field goal. Also knocked down two PAT’s and totaled 11 points on the day.
  • In Week 12 vs. Philadelphia, was perfect on the day with one 48-yard field goal and five PAT’s. Posted nine total points in the 45-14 rout over the Eagles.
  • In Week 13 vs. Green Bay (12/3), was 3-of-3 on field goals, including kicks of 51, 34 and 42 yards. Prater also notched two successful PAT’s and collected 11 points on the day.
    • With a 51-yarder vs. the Packers, Prater connected on the 28th 50-yard field goal of his career and surpassed K David Akers for eighth on the NFL’s all-time career 50-yard field goals list. With four 50-yard field goals through the first 13 weeks of 2015, Prater reached four 50+ yard field goals in a season for the third time in his career (5 in 2008 and 6 in 2013).
  • Notched two PAT attempts in Week 14 at St. Louis (12/13).
  • Collected five PAT’s in Week 15 at New Orleans (12/15) and missed one field goal.
  • In Week 16 vs. San Francisco (12/27), was 4-of-4 on field goals, (36, 38, 37 and 34 yards) which was last achieved against Chicago in 2013 by David Akers. Was perfect with three PATs for a total of 10 points.
  • In a record-setting season finale at Chicago (1/3), connected on a 59-yard field goal to end the first half, setting a new team record for the longest field goal in Lions history. Prater’s 59-yarder surpassed the previous record of 56 accomplished twice by K Jason Hanson (Cle 10/8/95; at Car 11/16/08).

2014: Signed by the Lions as a free agent on October 7, 2014 and finished the season making 21-of-26 field goal attempts (80.8-percent) and all 21 of his extra points. Since joining the team in Week 6, Prater’s 21 field goals made tied for seventh in the NFL during that span.

  • Successfully kicked a 52-yard field goal in Week 6 at Minnesota (10/12).
  • Converted on a 21-yard field goal in Week 7 vs. New Orleans (10/19).
  • Went 3-for-3 including the game-winning 48-yard field goal in Week 8 at Atlanta (10/26).
  • Converted 2-of-3 field goals, including a 50-yarder in Week 10 vs. Miami (11/09).
  • Made two field goals in Week 11 at Arizona (11/16).
  • Converted 3-of-4 field goals in Week 12 at New England (11/23).
  • Went 2-of-2 on field goals in Week 13 vs. Chicago (11/27).
  • Converted 2-of-2 field goals in Week 14 vs. Tampa Bay (12/07).
  • Went 3-of-4 on field goals, including the go-ahead kick to win the game in Week 15 vs. Minnesota (12/14).
  • Converted 2-of-3 field goals in Week 16 at Chicago (12/21).
  • Went 2-of-2 on field goals in the NFC Wild Card game at Dallas (1/4).

2013: Named to his first Pro Bowl and the Associated Press’ All-Pro Second Team, as he connected on 25 of his 26 field goal attempts and set a new NFL record for extra points in a season with 75.

  • Went three-for-three on field goal attempts in Week 4 vs. Philadelphia (9/29), including a 53-yarder.
  • Kicked the game-winning 28-yard field goal to give the Broncos a 51-48 victory in Week 4 at Dallas (10/6).
  • Broke the NFL record for the longest field goal made with a 64-yard make in Week 14 vs. Tennessee (12/8).

2012: Set a Broncos’ franchise record for a kicker with 133 points scored (26/32 FGs, 55/55 PATs).

  • Converted three-of-three field goals in Week 4 vs. Oakland (9/30). Was also named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.
  • Matched a career-high four field goals in Week 14 at Oakland (12/6).

2011: Made 19-of-25 field goals in addition to converting all 30 extra point attempts. Kicked four walk-off field goals, which tied him for the second-most game-winning kicks in NFL history in a single season.

  • Named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his effort in Week 14 vs. Chicago (12/11) in which he converted a 59-yard field goal with 0:03 remaining to force overtime and then won the game with a 51-yard kick in the extra session.

2010: Played 12 games and converted 16-of-18 field goals to go along with 28-of-29 extra point attempts.

  • Converted his 18th consecutive field goal attempt in Week 6 vs. NYJ (10/17), which was a then-career long 59-yarder.

2009: Competed in all 16 games for the Broncos, converting 30-of-35 (.857) field goal attempts along with all 32 extra point attempts.

  • Made a game-winning 41-yard field goal in overtime in Week 5 vs. New England (10/11).
  • Drilled all four of his field goal attempts and earned AFC Player of the Week honors in Week 12 vs. New York Giants (11/26).

2008: Played all 16 games for Denver in his first full NFL season, converting 25-of-34 (.735) field goal attempts along with 39-of-40 (.975) extra point attempts.

  • 56-yarder in Week 4 at Kansas City (9/28) was a career long and tied for the third-longest field goal in Denver Broncos history as well as in the NFL in 2008.
  • Named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after making all three field goal attempts, including a 55-yarder, in Week 5 vs. Tampa Bay (10/5).

2007: Prater played four games, seeing action in two games with both Atlanta and Denver. Made 1-of-4 field goal attempts and his lone extra point attempt (all with Atlanta).

COLLEGE
In 46 career games at the University of Central Florida, Prater finished his career tied for first in school history in field goals made (50) and ranked fourth in scoring (258 pts.).

2005: Made 17-of-26 (.654) field goal attempts as a senior with a 49-yard long for UCF.

PERSONAL
Prater was a second-team all-state selection as a senior at Estero (Fla.) High School. Named first-team all-conference and All-Southwest Florida.

  • Connected on 56-of-58 extra point attempts and made 14 field goals while placing 84 percent of his kickoffs into the end zone for Estero.
  • Majored in psychology at Central Florida.

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