Kicker Matt Prater will be named the Week 14 AFC Special Teams Player of the Week, the league informed the Broncos on Tuesday.
Prater matched his career long with a 59-yard field goal with three seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime. In overtime, Prater ended the game with a 51-yard game winner to give the Broncos a 13-10 victory over the Bears.
Prater joined Mike Vanderjagt (Ind., at Den., 11/24/02) as the only players in NFL history to kick a 50+yard field goal with less than one minute remaining to force overtime and then go on to kick an overtime game-winning kick from 50+yards.
Sunday’s victory over Chicago marked the third consecutive week that Prater has kicked a walk-off field goal. He is the first player since Chris Jacke (Ari., 1998, Weeks 15-17) with game-winning field goals on the final play of the game in three straight week.
With his 51-yard game-winning field goal against the Bears, he improved to 12-of-16 (.750) on career field goal attempts from 50+ yards to pass Tony Zendejas as the most accurate kicker from 50+ yards in NFL history (players who started their careers after 1970 / min. 10 att.). Prater improved to 28-of-29 (.966) on career field goal attempts in the fourth quarter or overtime.
He is just the fourth kicker in NFL history to kick three overtime field goals in a single season and is the third player in NFL history to kick at least four game-winning field goals in a single season.
Prater is the first Bronco to win the Special Teams Player of the Week Award since Week 12 of 2009 when he took the honors after finishing 4-of-4 on field goals to go with five touchbacks on kickoffs in Denver’s 26-6 win against the Giants.
He also won the weekly award in Week 5 of the 2008 season after converting all three field goal attempts to go with four touchbacks on five kickoffs.