London, England (SportsNetwork.com) – Matt Prater booted his second chance
through the uprights as time expired and the Detroit Lions grabbed a 22-21
victory over the Atlanta Falcons to cap an incredible comeback at Wembley
Stadium in London.
A one-sided first half saw the Lions enter the break trailing by 21 points,
but they scored a pair of touchdowns and field goals in the second half, with
a failed two-point attempt leaving the team trailing by two.
Getting the ball back with 1:38 to play, Matthew Stafford hit Golden Tate for
32 yards on the first snap. A 20-yard one-handed catch from Theo Riddick and
10-yard grab by Jeremy Ross got the ball down to the Atlanta 31.
Prater eventually lined up for a 43-yard try with just four seconds left and
missed it to the right, but a delay of game call on Detroit moved the ball
back five yards and gave him one more chance.
The second time, he hit the 48-yarder just inside the left upright as the
much-maligned field goal unit gave the Lions a victory.
Stafford went 24-for-47 for 325 yards, two touchdowns and an interception,
while Tate finished with seven catches for 151 yards and a score for the Lions
(6-2), who have won three straight.
Matt Ryan was 20-for-27 for 228 yards with two scores and an interception for
the Falcons (2-6), losers of five in a row.