4:29 PM ET
DETROIT — For all Matt Prater‘s struggles this season, when the Detroit Lions needed him the most — to save a game, perhaps a season and maybe even a coaching tenure, the veteran kicker did what he does best.
Prater’s 59-yard field goal as time expired gave Detroit a 30-27 win over Washington in his 100th game with the franchise, snapping a seven-game home losing streak that lasted 385 days.
It wasn’t easy, even though early on Sunday it looked at times like it might be for the Lions. But these are the Lions — often losers of leads and allergic to comfortable home wins — which meant that even a seemingly safe second-half lead still became tenuous.
To get the team’s first home win in more than a year, to make sure Day No. 385 without a win at Ford Field did not become No. 386, the Lions needed to rally late, mostly because of a 21-point lead it gave away.
Which, if you’ve followed the Lions under coach Matt Patricia, remains a theme.