NFL Week 16 winners and losers from Christmas, Saturday: Dolphins, Buccaneers, Alvin Kamara ride high
It's already been a memorable weekend for the NFC South, which witnessed a record-tying performance while two of its teams cemented their postseason status.With one quarter of Week 16's games complete – providing further clarity to the playoff field going into Sunday's slate (while doubtless playing havoc with the emotions of fantasy football owners who probably should have been focused on more important things in their lives) – it seemed as good a time as any to explore early winners and losers from the four contests in the books.
Hey, Detroit, this round's on Matt Prater.
Back on Nov. 15, the Detroit Lions kicker made a 59-yard field goal to beat the Washington Football Team as time expired.
That kick turned out to be the longest field goal of the season and earned the city of Detroit some free beer.
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In July, Bud Light had challenged Prater and Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus to a contest: whoever kicks the longest field goal this season would win his city free beer.
McManus’ longest field goal this year was a 58-yarder in a 31-3 loss to the New Orleans Saints in Week 12.
Pittsburgh Steelers clinch AFC North while Indianapolis Colts melt down, hurt playoff hopes
The Colts blow a 24-7 second-half lead in losing to the Steelers. Their playoffs hopes are now in jeopardy,.After taking a 24-7 lead early in the second half, the Colts fell apart, letting the Steelers (12-3) score 21 unanswered points and falling 28-24.
McManus had two chances to edge out Prater in Week 17, having a record 70-yard attempt blocked in the first half against the Las Vegas Raiders. The Raiders later blocked a 63-yard attempt with 9 seconds left to win 32-31.
Whoever blocked this 70-yard field goal ruined the fun for us pic.twitter.com/BmjCmUa6JE
— NFL Humor (@NFLHumor) January 3, 2021
Prater, who is scheduled to become a free agent in March, hit a 54-yard field goal Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, giving him 59 field goal of 50 yards or more in his career, breaking a record set by Sebastian Janikowski.
The two-time Pro Bowler also holds the NFL record for the longest field goal at 64 yards.
Week 13: Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams celebrates with quarterback Aaron Rodgers after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter at Lambeau Field. Rodgers became the fastest quarterback to reach 400 career touchdown passes.
Week 6: Members of the Arizona Cardinals defense act out a bowling pin strike dramatization after being hit by a ball rolled by Byron Murphy Jr. who intercepted a Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton pass.
Week 5: Cleveland Browns wide receiver Rashard Higgins (82) celebrates with teammates Odell Beckham Jr., David Njoku and Jarvis Landry after catching a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Week 3: The Cleveland Browns' B.J. Goodson (93), Tavierre Thomas (20), Andrew Sendejo (23) and Karl Joseph (42) celebrate after Goodson intercepted a pass against the Washington Football Team at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Week 1: Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. (10) celebrates with teammates James Robinson (30), Cam Robinson (74), A.J. Cann (60) and DJ Chark Jr. (17) after scoring a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts at TIAA Bank Field.
Week 1: New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton celebrates his rushing touchdown against the Miami Dolphins by doing the "Wakanda Forever" salute to honor late "Black Panther" actor Chadwick Boseman.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Belly up, Detroit. Matt Prater's 59-yard field goal in Week 10 earns city free beer
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