Kicker Matt Prater earned the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for games played in December/January. It is the second such honor of his career (Sept., 2009) and he is the first Bronco to be named Special Teams Player of the Month since 2009, when Royal (Oct.) won the award.
Prater finished the last five games of the season 6-of-7 for field goals, including two game-tying field goals with less than two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and two game-winning kicks.
One week later, Prater became just the second player in NFL history to kick a 50+yard field goal with less than a minute remaining to force overtime and go on to kick an overtime game winner from 50+ yards in the same game. Trailing to the Bears 10-7 with three seconds to play, Prater evened the game 10-10 with a 59-yard kick that matched his career high. He went on to win the game with a 51-yard kick in overtime, extending the Broncos win streak to six games. He earned the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week Award following the game vs. Chicago.
Prater made all four of his attempts in the fourth quarter or overtime during the final month of the season to bring his career conversion rate in the fourth quarter or overtime to 28-of-29 (.966). He made both of his attempts from 50+yards in December/January, and is now 12-of-16 (.750) on career field goal attempts from 50+ yards, which makes him the most accurate kicker from 50+ yards in NFL history (players who started their careers after 1970 / min. 10 att.).