In a dramatic fashion, quatertback Matthew Stafford took advantage of one last chance Sunday and Matt Prater redeemed himself with a 43-yard field goal with 8 seconds to give the Detroit Lions a 39-35 victory at Indianapolis over the Colts.
This redeeming moment came after Prater missed an extra point wide right with 4:04 left in the game, a miscue that nearly cost the Lions, especially since it looked like Colts quarterback Andrew Luck had rallied the Colts for an improbable last-minute victory.
“I was thinking they gave us too much time,” running back Ameer Abdullah said after rushing for 63 yards and catching an 11-yard touchdown pass. “That is one of our strong suits. We were a good two-minute team last year. That was very doable, very doable.”
Thanks to Prater’s redeeming efforts, Detroit won for only the second time in Indy, since they hadn’t beaten the Colts since 1997 and hadn’t won in Indianapolis in 25 years.
“Something was different about this one,” tight end Eric Ebron said after catching one TD pass Sunday. “I just felt too confident. I just knew if we got the ball inside the 50, we know our kicker. We just had to get the ball inside the 50.”
Stafford played well as he was 31 of 39 for 340 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. He got everyone involved, as Golden Tate, Theo Riddick, Ameer Abdullah and Eric Ebron each had five or more catches and three of them caught TD passes.