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. Denver’s Brandon McManus and Baltimore’s Justin Tucker have pulled off the feat six times.
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.