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Matt Prater talks about kicking in bad weather

Denver Broncos place kicker Matt Prater celebrates a

Denver Broncos place kicker Matt Prater celebrates a 64-yard field goal for a new NFL record on a hold by Britton Colquitt #4 during the second quarter of a game against the Tennessee Titans at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High. (Dec. 8, 2013) Credit: Getty

Matt Prater is ready in case Mother Nature throws him a curveball on Sunday.

The Broncos kicker went into nice detail on Thursday about what it's like to kick in bad weather and in less-than-ideal temperature.

MetLife Stadium has been known for swirling winds, and Accuweather calls for a high temperature of 45 degrees on Super Bowl Sunday.

“If it’s cold or snowing or raining, the ball just won’t go as far," Prater told reporters during Thursday's media availability. "If it is windy, you have to adjust to the wind and play the wind. That’s what we do in pregame -- see how far back we back we can go and what the wind is going to do to the ball. It’s the toughest to kick in because if it’s gusting sometimes you don’t how much to play it. One second it will be gusting and one second it will be calm.”

Prater said he'd consider "anything under 40" to be cold, adding that “that’s when you start noticing how far the ball goes.”

If it gets too cold, Prater sayds he wouldn't try to change too much of his routine. He'd wear the same things he would in practice -- tights and long sleeves.

Otherwise, Prater will do a shuttle run of sorts on the sideline to keep warm. Said the seven-year veteran: "Basically, I just move back and forth from heater to heater.”

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