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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Matt Prater
NFL kickers had their best season ever by several important measures, and the two on call Sunday — Seattle's Steven Hauschka and Denver's Matt Prater — finished ranked Nos. 1 and 2.
If the Super Bowl comes down a last-second field goal, might as well head for the fridge. If your team has the ball, the question is not whether it's going to be good - it will - but whether to pop the cork on that bottle of champagne you've been saving for some big occasion.
Matt Prater was at home in bed late last week, trying to recover from a nasty illness, when he flipped on his TV.
Denver Broncos coach John Fox says placekicker Matt Prater will be fine for the Super Bowl.
Matt Prater missed practice all week with the flu and the Denver Broncos kept him away from the rest of the team so he didn't get everyone else sick.
Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater stayed home sick again Friday, missing his second straight practice.
Denver kicker Matt Prater kicked an NFL-record 64-yard field goal as the first half expired in the Broncos' game against Tennessee on Sunday.
Prater's kick on a clear day in 14-degree weather with nary a hint of wind barely cleared the crossbar. He and holder Britton Colquitt jumped in jubilation as their teammates rushed into the tunnel for halftime.
Going on the road in a short week is a tough task for any NFL team. Now the Denver Broncos get the reward for beating the division rival Oakland Raiders — three extra days of rest before their most important game remaining in the regular season.
The men in stripes have drawn so much attention this season that some interesting developments on the football field have gone largely unnoticed, like a big spike in field goal accuracy.
Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater has signed a new four-year contract.
Tim Tebow is doing what decades of conventional NFL wisdom said couldn't be done. He's winning game after game playing the most important position on the field less like a quarterback than an irresistible force of nature.
Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater is facing a charge of drunken driving and fleeing the scene of an accident.
When Jason Hanson entered the NFL nearly two decades ago, he got hugs and high-fives for nailing a long field goal.
"Power," he said. "The dude is not even 6 feet (actually, 5-foot-10), so I don't know where it comes from. ... I got big feet (size 14) and I tried kicking in eighth grade and the ball didn't go anywhere. So I've got all the respect in the world for Matt."
"I'm not one to try and overanalyze," Prater said. "It was nice. The conditions were pretty good and the ball was flying pretty good."