Denver Broncos K Matt Prater: The Lesser Tebow

Jon Siddoway@@JSiddowayCorrespondent IDecember 15, 2011

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 11:  Place kicker Matt Prater #5 of the Denver Broncos hits a 59-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter to tie the game against the Chicago Bears at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 11, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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If Tim Tebow has the hand of God, then Matt Prater has the foot. His right foot, more specifically, which has been clutch all season for the underdog Broncos. 

Case in point: Sunday’s game against Chicago, a nail-biter this team has grown accustomed to. Prater connected on two crucial field goals down the stretch; One from 59 yards out to send the game into overtime. The other, a 51-yard game-winner, placing him as one of two kickers (Mike Vanderjagt) in NFL history to have a 50-plus-yard kick to tie the game and another to win it. 

Maybe Prater’s name should be synonymous with “winning.”

During practices and warm-ups, Prater has been seen kicking the ball through the uprights at over 70 yards. If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then altitude is a kicker’s BFF (best friend forever).

Tebow gets all the publicity, but he’s not the only one out there making plays for the team. That’s not a knock to Tebow, everyone needs a little help. 

Batman had Robin.

Jordan had Pippen. 

Shrek had Donkey. 

Kobe had Shaq (or the other way around, depending on who you talk to).

Sherlock Holmes had Dr. Watson. 

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 11:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos delivers a pass against the Chicago Bears at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 11, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Bears 13-10 in overtime.  (Photo
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And the list goes on and on and on and on. 

Even Jesus had a group of disciples. 

Now, Tebow has Prater.

And Prater has converted four game-winning field goals during the Denver Broncos’ current six-game win streak, a streak that has catapulted them from the bottom to the top of the AFC West. 

Should he miss any of those, Tebow’s magical run wouldn’t appear so magical. 

If Tebow goes on to win the MVP award, which is not out of the realm of possibility, the least he could do is take Prater out for a nice steak dinner to show his appreciation to the kicker. 

Or, just keep praying for him.