Allen Park – For the second time this month, Detroit Lions kicker Matt Prater has been named the NFC’s Special Teams Player of the Week. He becomes just the third Lions player, joining Barry Sanders and Jason Hanson, to win multiple player of the week awards in one season.
Prater made all three of his field goal attempts in the Lions’ 16-13 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, including a pair in the final two minutes. His 40-yarder as time expired gave the Lions the win.
Prater also earned the honors the last time the Lions played the Vikings. He capped a perfect day with a 58-yard blast at the end of regulation to send the game to overtime.
Three Lions players have earned the weekly awards this season. Sam Martin got the nod after Week 1, when he posted a 55.5-yard net punting average, the second-best mark in NFL history. Cornerback Darius Slay earned the honors for his Week 5 performance, forcing two fourth-quarter turnovers to seal a victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.