Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week
Teams' 22nd Special Teams Player of the Week honor
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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater might be the first kicker in NFL history to be named the Special Teams Player of the Week despite throwing an incomplete pass in the game.
The NFL informed the Broncos Wednesday that Prater will be the AFC Special Teams Player of the week, marking the fourth time in his career that he has received the conference honor.
Prater connected on all three field goal attempts of 21, 43 and 53-yards and four extra point tries in Denver's 37-6 blowout win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
Prater's 53-yard field goal in the fourth quarter increased his career percentage at 50+ yards to 77.8 percent (14-18), improving on his NFL record among kickers who started their career after the 1970 league merger.
The 6-year veteran kicker added to another NFL record he currently possesses by converting 2-of-2 field goals in the final quarter against the Raiders to improve his career percentage in the fourth quarter to 96.4 percent (27-of-28).
Prater also produced a touchback on all eight kickoffs, the second most in the NFL in a single game since 1994.
However, it was the errant pass to an offensive lineman in the second quarter that had everyone talking.
Leading 10-3 with 3:26 left before halftime, the Broncos set up for a 54-yard field goal when holder and punter Britton Colquitt flipped the ball to Prater.
According to the Denver Post, Prater was supposed to take the ball and run to his left for a first down, but Raiders linebacker Miles Burris didn't bite on the play fake.
So Prater went to plan B and floated a pass to offensive linemen Zane Beatles which comically fell to the turf, incomplete.
Peyton Manning said jokingly of the play after the game that, "maybe give Manning-Stokley a chance before Prater-Beadles."
Either way, the Broncos will need the strong leg of Prater as they travel to face the New England Patriots (2-2) on Sunday at 2:25 p.m.
Through four games Prater has made 7-of-7 field goals and 11-of-11 extra point attempts while delivering touchbacks on 20-of-24 kickoffs.
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