Sunday wasn’t just a historic day for Detroit Lions kicker Matt Prater because he set an NFL record for most 50+ yard field goals in a career. He also won free beer for the city of Detroit.
Back in the offseason, Prater challenged Broncos kicker Brandon McManus to a contest. The kicker who finishes the 2020 season with the longest made field goal would win free beer for his team’s city, with a little help from Bud Light.
In Week 10, Prater booted a 59-yard field goal that gave the Lions the win. McManus’ longest field goal this year was just one yard shorter, a 58 yarder made in Week 12.
That being said, McManus made things interesting in Week 17. At the end of Denver’s first half against the Raiders, the Broncos put their kicker out there for a 70-yard field goal. It went just about as well as you may think:
Whoever blocked this 70-yard field goal ruined the fun for us pic.twitter.com/BmjCmUa6JE— NFL Humor (@NFLHumor) January 3, 2021
Prater’s future with the Lions remains up in the air, as the 36-year-old kicker could be headed for unrestricted free agency in March. Coming off a rough season, there is no guarantee he’ll be back next year, even though he’s expressed interest in returning. If he doesn’t end up re-signing in Detroit, he sure left them with a nice parting gift:
If you’re looking to claim your free beer, it’s not yet clear on how Bud Light plans on distributing it.