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December 13, 2011

BRONCOS KICKER MATT PRATER NAMED AFC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater will be named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week, the National Football League informed the Broncos on Tuesday.

Prater tied a career long with a 59-yard field goal with 0:03 remaining against Chicago on Sunday to send the game to overtime, where he connected on a 51-yarder for the 13-10 Broncos win.

With his performance against the Bears, he joined Indianapolis kicker Mike Vanderjagt (at Den., 11/24/02) as the only two players in NFL history to kick a 50+yard field goal with less than a minute remaining to force overtime in addition to kicking an overtime game winner from 50+ yards.

Prater, who has connected on 28-of-29 career field goals in the fourth quarter or overtime, owns four game-winning field goals for Denver this season on the last play of the game (three overtime and one at the end of regulation), tying him for the second most all-time in a single season (5 - Jason Elam, 2007).

This is the third time Prater has been named the conference’s special teams player of the week during his five-year career. He also received the honor in 2008 (Week 5) and 2009 (Week 12).

For the season, Prater has made 17-of-23 (.739) field goals and has produced touchbacks on 40-of-57 (70.2%) kickoffs.


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