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Monday, October 7, 2013

NFL Week Five: Matt Prater Ends the Frenzy

For fans of low scoring, defensive battles, yesterday's 51-48 win by Denver over Dallas was probably painful. For the specialists involved, the impact was lop-sided. Kickoffs were plentiful - Cowboys' Dan Bailey did so eight times while the Broncos Matt Prater had nine, with each logging four touchbacks. Punting was virtually nonexistent - Cowboys' Chris Jones punted only once and the Broncos' Britton Colquitt not at all. Both punters were far more involved in their role as holder on placekicks. Dan Bailey made field goals of 43 & 48 yards and added four extra points. He didn't get the call after two touchdowns as the Cowboys opted to go for the two-point conversion.

In the end, the scoring frenzy concluded with the foot of Matt Prater, who previously had kicked field goals of 48 & 50 yards and added six extra points. As time expired in the fourth quarter, he kicked his third field goal - a 28 yarder for the win.
“I go in expecting to make them all. I always have confidence in Britton (Colquitt) and Aaron (Brewer) doing their jobs, because we’ve all got to work together to be successful. It makes it a lot easier for me, having them.”
His approach to that final kick was the same as all the earlier ones.
“I try to treat every kick the same. My mindset all year has been I kind of go with the flow, and when you have the opportunity to make a kick, you make it -- no matter the score -- when it is in the game or whatever. But it’s always good to kick one with the game on the line and help us come away with a win." 

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