Matt Prater’s Opening Kickoff Results In “The Perfect Touchback” (Video)
With kickoffs now taking place from the 35-yard line, the typical sequence of events following a kickoff are as follows: The kicker kicks the ball through the end zone, and the referee grabs it and places it at the receiving team’s 20-yard line.
Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater decided to cut the officials out of the equation during the opening kickoff of yesterday’s Wild Card Game at the new Mile High Stadium, as he banked the opening kickoff off the field-goal post and watched it land right on the Steelers’ 20-yard line. For some time it appeared as though this would be the most amazing play of the game. And then Tim Tebow and Demaryius Thomas connected on an 80-yard game-winning touchdown pass on the opening play of overtime.
So yes, this perfect touchback by Matt Prater was only the second most amazing play from yesterday’s game between the Broncos and the Steelers, but it is still worth taking a look at.