Kicker Matt Prater’s late 59-yard field goal lift Detroit Lions to 30-27 victory over Washington
By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer
DETROIT — The Detroit Lions leaned on their dynamic duo for comebacks and they came through again.
Matthew Stafford directed the final drive with just 16 seconds left to set up Matt Prater’s 59-yard field goal as time expired, lifting the Lions to a 30-27 win over Washington on Sunday.
“We have got a great kicker, who’s good from anywhere pretty much in the building,” Stafford said. “It was nice to sneak a drive down there late and have him do his thing.”
Prater, who holds the NFL record with a 64-yarder while with Denver, also had a 53-yard kick in first half. He set an NFL record by making multiple 50-yard field goals in a game for the seventh time.
Entering the game, the usually reliable Prater was just 6 of 12 on field goals from 40-plus yards.
“We’ve had too many misses this year already, so I’m hoping that today is a start in the right direction,” Prater said.
It was the third time Stafford and Prater were part of winning, fourth-quarter drives this season.
Stafford threw two of his three TD passes in the first half and completed two passes on the final drive. Defensive end Chase Young was called for roughing the passer, putting Detroit at midfield.
“Rookie mistake,” Young, the No. 2 pick overall, acknowledged.
Stafford threw a 9-yard pass to Marvin Jones to set up Prater’s kick and cap his 37th winning drive, tied for 10th on the NFL’s all-time list.
The Lions (4-5) won at home for the first time in more than a year after building a 14-point lead at halftime and going ahead 24-3 during the third quarter.
Washington (2-7) pulled into a tie by scoring TDs on three straight series in the second half in Alex Smith’s first start in nearly two years.
Prater made a go-ahead, 37-yard field goal with 2:42 remaining.