The Lions kicker lined up for the long attempt with three seconds remaining in the first half against the Arizona Cardinals at Ford Field. He booted the kick through the uprights to cut the Cardinals' lead to 10-9. The ball squeezed just inside the left upright. After clearing the field goal, it hit the cameraman directly in the groin.
The man barely flinched and maintained the shot he was recording.
Detroit won the contest 35-23. After allowing a score to Kerwynn Williams to start the third quarter, the Lions piled on 28 unanswered points to take control of the contest.
Prater was 1-for-1 in field goal attempts and made both of his extra point tries. The two-time Pro Bowl selection had a long field goal of 58 yards last season. His career long is 64 yards. Prater, 33, is in his 11th NFL season. He also has stints with the Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos.
Matt Prater just smashed a 58 yard field goal...and a grown man in the family jewels. pic.twitter.com/KIhZqErOr1— Kyle Keefe (@kylekeefetv) September 10, 2017
Sunday's unfortunate hit was just the latest installment in a bystander taking a ball to the groin during a game. Last month, Detroit Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer hit umpire Mike Everitt in the groin with a sinker during his warm-up for a game against the Colorado Rockies.