Prater’s Single-Game Highs
(Postseason in parentheses)
Field goals made — 4, five times, last at Oakland, 12/6/12 (3 vs. Pittsburgh, 1/8/12). Field goals attempted — 5 at Kansas City, 9/28/08 (3 vs. Pittsburgh, 1/8/12). Longest field goal made — 59, twice, last vs. Chicago, 12/11/11 (41 at New England, 1/14/12). Longest field goal attempted — 59 vs. N.Y. Jets, 10/17/10 (41 at New England, 1/14/12). Consecutive field goals made — 18, 11/1/09-10/17/10 (4, 1/8/12-1/14/12). PATs made — 7, three times, last vs. Philadelphia, 9/29/13 (5 vs. Baltimore, 1/12/13). PATs attempted — 7, three times, last vs. Philadelphia, 9/29/13 (5 vs. Baltimore, 1/12/13). Consecutive PATs made — 155, 11/14/10-12/1/13 (8, 1/8/12-1/12/13); Points scored — 15, at Dallas, 10/6/13 (11 vs. Pittsburgh, 1/8/12). Consecutive games with a field goal — 15, 11/9/09-10/17/10 (2, 1/8/12-1/14/12). Kickoffs—9, three times, last at Dallas, 10/6/13 (6 vs. Pittsburgh, 1/8/12). Touchbacks on kickoffs — 8, four times, last vs. Washington, 10/27/13(6 vs. Pittsburgh, 1/8/12). Special teams tackles — 2 at Baltimore, 12/16/12 (none).
2012: Prater appeared in all 16 regular-season games and set a franchise record for a kicker with 133 points scored (26/32 FGs, 55/55 PATs), breaking Jason Elam’s previous mark of 132 points in 1995... Led the NFL with 65 touchbacks on 98 kickoffs (66.3 pct.)... Established a career high with eight touchbacks on eight kickoffs vs.Oak. (9/30), while also converting three-of-three field goals, earning AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance...Matched a career high with four field goals (4-of-4) at Oak. (12/6)... Made a career-high two special teams tackles at Bal. (12/16).
2011: Prater played all 16 regular-season games and made 19-of-25 field goals in addition to converting all 30 extra point attempts... Led the NFL in touchback percentage (70.1 / 47-of-67)... Made four walk-off field goals—three in overtime and one at the end of regulation—to tie for the second-most game-winning kicks in NFL history in a single season... Successful on all four field goal attempts in two postseason games for the Broncos...Named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his effort vs. Chi. (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...Named AFC Special teams Player of the Month for Dec./Jan. after making 6-of-7 field goals during Denver’s last five games, including both of his attempts from 50+ yards.
2010: Prater played 12 games and converted 16-of-18 field goals to go along with 28-of-29 extra point attempts to record the second-highest single-season field goal percentage (.889) in team history... Kicked off 54 times for 3,638 yards (67.4 avg.) with 20 touchbacks... Converted his 18th consecutive field goal attempt vs. NYJ (10/17)—a career-long 59-yarder—dating to the ninth game of the 2009 season to mark the third-longest such streak in team history... Saw his streak of 15 consecutive games with a field goal (T-3rd longest in Broncos history) end in Week 7 vs. Oak. (10/24) when he did not attempt a field goal... Inactive in Weeks 14-15 before being placed on injured reserve on Dec. 23 with a groin injury.
2009: Prater played all 16 games for the Broncos, converting 30-of-35 (.857) field goal attempts along with all 32 extra point attempts while kicking off 77 times for 5,304 yards (68.9 avg.) with 28 touchbacks... Tied for third in the NFL as well as in Broncos history for a year in field goals (30)... Tied for fifth in team history in field goal percentage (.857)... Set a club record and tied for second in the league with 28 touchbacks... Became the fifth Bronco with multiple 100-point seasons with 122 points that tied for seventh in the league... Made 19 of his final 20 field goal attempts... Converted 2-of-3 50-yard attempts... Had one special-teams tackle... Named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for September after totaling 41 points, converting 9-of-10 field goals and all 14 extra points, in addition to registering seven touchbacks on kickoffs... Made a game-winning 41-yard field goal in overtime vs. N.E. (10/11)... Enjoyed a career night on Thanksgiving vs. NYG (11/26), making all four field goal attempts and posting five touchbacks on kickoffs to earn AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors.
2008: Prater 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 while kicking off 82 times for 5,387 yards (65.7 avg.) with 19 touchbacks... Had three special-teams tackles...Tied the Broncos’ single-season record and ranked fourth in the NFL with five 50-yard field goals in six attempts... Notched his first 100-point season (114 pts.), becoming the ninth different Bronco to reach that mark... Became the third Bronco—and the first to do so on the road—to hit two 50-yard field goals (56, 51 yds.) in the same game at K.C. (9/28)... 56-yarder against the Chiefs was a career long and tied for the third-longest field goal in Denver annals 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, vs. T.B. (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) while kicking off 11 times for 756 yards (68.7 avg.) with five touchbacks... Spent training camp with Miami but was waived on Aug. 27 before signing with Atlanta on Aug. 30... Waived by Atlanta on Sept. 18 before joining Miami’s practice squad on Nov. 14... Signed with Denver’s active roster on Dec. 19.
2006: Prater entered the NFL with Detroit as college free agent on May 4... Waived by Detroit on Aug. 28... Made all four field goal attempts and both extra point attempts in the preseason with the Lions.
COLLEGE: Prater played 46 career games at the University of Central Florida, finishing his career tied for first in school history in field goals made (50) and ranked fourth in scoring (258 pts.)... Converted 50-of-74 (.676) career field goal attempts with a 53-yard long... 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 High School in Estero, Fla.... Also 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... Matt Prater was born on Aug. 10, 1984, in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.
Kicker Matt Prater hits a 28-yard field goal as time expires to defeat the Cowboys 51-48.
Matt Prater drills a 51-yard field goal to give the Broncos a 13-10 win over the Bears in overtime.
Matt Prater ties the game with a 59-yard field goal at the end of regulation.