5. Matt Prater’s mulligan in London (2014)
Matt Prater’s game winning 48-yard kick against the Atlanta Falcons in Week Eight of the 2014 season as time expired not only capped off a furious comeback from a 21-0 halftime deficit, but was a rarity among rarities for several other reasons:
- This was Prater’s first game-winning kick as a Detroit Lion.
- This came at the tail end of the Lions’ first ever game in London, in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley Stadium.
- This is the first and only time to date that I can recall the Lions winning a game because they committed a dumb penalty.
Trailing 21-19 in the final seconds, Prater first lined up for a 43-yard field goal attempt on what would be the final play of the game.
Prater missed his kick, fading it to the right, but the line judge came sprinting onto the field (after the fact, depending on who you ask) to call delay of game. Despite the Lions penalty, and most people in the stadium thinking the game was over, they had one more chance.
From five yards further back, Prater bent it like Beckham this time, sending it through the goal posts and setting off a wild celebration from Detroit’s sideline.
The Falcons were confused, the British fans seemed confused. Matthew Stafford later admitted that he was confused. But the Lions came back across the pond with what the Brits like to call “a famous victory”.
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