ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - After a record 64-yard field goal, Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.
The team called on Prater at the end of the first half, with just three seconds left. A record-setting kick, he says, he didn't try to think about.
"It just kind of happened so quick," Prater said. "Just tried to blast it basically."
He did. Hitting a 64-yard field goal for a new NFL record.
"It was so cold, I knew I hit it pretty good but I wasn’t sure with the cold and everything it was going to get there," Prater said. "I saw the ref’s hands go up and I can’t even explain what I felt after."
The old record, 63 yards, was first set in 1970 by Tom Dempsey. Since then, it's been matched three times, but never beat. One of those kickers holding the record was former Broncos kicker Jason Elam. After Prater's kick, Elam tweeted, "Way to go Matt Prater! Awesome! Way to keep it in the Broncos family! I'm very proud and excited for you!"
Prater also led all NFL players with 15 points scored in Week 14. He made all three field goal attempts from 64, 25 and 19 yards with six point after attempts to tie his career high.
Prater has been named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week four other times in his career.
He joins defensive back Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, quarterback Peyton Manning, return specialist Trindon Holliday and receivers Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker as Broncos to earn conference player of the week accolades this season.
Prater signed a new four year contract last year. He was signed by the Broncos in 2007 from Miami's practice squad. Prater entered the NFL with Detroit in 2006 as a college free agent from the University of Central Florida.