Prater Boots Lions To Comeback Win Over Falcons
The beleaguered Detroit Lions kicking game finally came through as Matt Prater kicked a 48 yard field goal with four seconds left as the Lions roared back from a 21-0 halftime deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons 22-21 at Wembley Stadium in London, England as part of the National Football League's International Series. It was the second week in a row that the Lions came back from a double digit deficit to win. Detroit (6-2) fell down 14-0 in the first quarter on two Matt Ryan touchdown passes. Atlanta (2-6) then extended their lead thanks to a Steven Jackson one yard plunge. The second half, however, was all Lions. Prater hit his first of three field goals on the day then Matthew Stafford found Golden Tate on a 59 yard scoring strike to close the lead to 11. Prater's second field goal brought the Lions to withing 21-13. Detroit pulled within two as late in the fourth quarter Stafford found Theo Riddick for a five yard touchdown catch. The two point conversion try was missed but Atlanta was unable to sustain a drive and punted back to Detroit with 1:38 left. Detroit took the ball down to the 29 yard line for Prater's game winner. Stafford finished the day completing 24 of 47 passes for 325 yards, Joique Bell led the team in ruching with 14 carries for 39 yards and Tate finished with seven catches for 151 yards. The Lions are off next week and will next host the Miami Dolphins on November 9 at Ford Field. Pregame coverage begins at 12 noon on Lansing's Big Talker 1240 WJIM.