When Matt Prater took the field for the game-winning, 52-yard field goal last Sunday against the Dolphins, the fifth-year kicker approached the kick in the same way he does every attempt. That mindset has worked for him throughout his career, as he has never missed a kick (22-of-22) in his career in the fourth quarter or overtime.
“There’s only as much pressure as you put on yourself,” Prater said after Sunday’s game. “I always know (long snapper) Lonie (Paxton) and (punter/holder) Britton (Colquitt) are going to do their job – I just have to come through and make it.”
Prater is the only player in NFL history to convert every field goal attempted in the fourth quarter (min. 6 att.). Among kickers who entered the league since the 1970 merger, only Nick Folk made more consecutive field goals (24) in the fourth quarter or overtime to begin his career than Prater’s current streak of 22.
“That’s what we do at practice,” Prater said. “They expect me to come through and make the kicks. That’s my job, so I have to come in and make them.”
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