LONDON -- The second kick was the only one that mattered.
Matt Prater missed a 43-yard field goal attempt with 4 seconds to go, then got another chance because of a delay-of-game penalty. He nailed that one from 48 yards, giving the Detroit Lions (6-2) a second straight comeback victory, 22-21 over the Atlanta Falcons (2-6). Detroit trailed 21-0 at halftime Sunday at Wembley Stadium in the earliest start in NFL history.
Prater's winning kick was the first made field goal from beyond 40 yards this season for Detroit. If not for the penalty, it wouldn't have happened because he went wide right on the first attempt.
But it was Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan that looked like he would be the star in the first half, completing 14 of 17 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns. Clock management problems, a penalty and a dropped pass doomed the Falcons at the end, however. Ryan finished with 228 yards and threw an interception in the second half.
"We don't give up. We keep fighting. We believe in what we can do. We keep pushing," Ross said. "We keep driving, keep fighting, we don't stop."
As the clock wound down, it came down to Prater, something Detroit would have rather avoided.
From beyond the 40, Detroit had been 0 for 7, and Prater, the team's third kicker already, was 0-1.
"This is as tough a loss to take as any that I've ever been a part of," Ryan said. "We had a lot of chances to win that ballgame. It's just that we didn't make plays when we needed to."
Prater kicked a 22-yard field goal in the third quarter, and Tate made it 21-10 with a 59-yard reception from Stafford.
In the fourth quarter, Prater kicked a 20-yarder and Stafford later hit Reddick for 5 yards and another touchdown to make it 21-19. Detroit went for 2, but Stafford's pass eluded Tate.
Sunday was the second of three regular-season NFL games this year at Wembley, the home of England's national soccer team. Miami beat Oakland 38-14 on Sept. 28, and Dallas will face Jacksonville on Nov. 9.
The game started at 1:30 p.m. in the British capital, which is 9:30 a.m. on the East Coast and 6:30 a.m. on the West Coast.
NOTES: Stafford is also one of only three quarterbacks since 1966 to overcome 21-point deficits three times as a starter. Tom Brady and Drew Bledsoe are the others, according to the Lions. ... LaAdrian Waddle was inactive for Sunday's game, one week after getting a concussion late in the comeback win over the Saints. Although Waddle was injured on an extra point attempt, he was on the field for the final play of the game when Stafford took a knee.
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