The Baltimore Ravens have developed a nasty habit of coming right down to the wire in the closing seconds of their last few games to secure a victory. And last night’s Dec.16 18–16 win over the Detroit Lions with only 38 seconds left to play turned out to be one for the record books.
With the Ravens down by two points near the end of the fourth quarter and stuck at the Lions’ 47-yard line on fourth down with eight yards to go for a first down, Ravens’ kicker Justin Tucker, a.k.a. “Legatron,” felt a field goal attempt was a no-brainer, according to The Baltimore Ravens.
Standing on the sidelines next to Ravens’ Head Coach John Harbaugh, who was discussing the do-or-die fourth-and-eight situation with Special Teams Coordinator Jerry Rosburg, Tucker just leaned into Harbaugh and said, “I got this.”
“I wanted [Harbaugh] to know just by looking at me that he shouldn’t have any reservations about sending me out there,” Tucker said.
A 61-yard field goal attempt? The Lions and their fans thought a Lions’ win was in the bag – until Tucker’s kick caught air and majestically went through the uprights – albeit without that much room to spare.
Jaws dropped throughout the stadium last night in Detroit. Coach John Harbaugh just raised both arms above his head, signaling “good.”
With only 38 seconds left in the game, the Lions were still in it, until Lions’ quarterback Matt Stafford’s first pass was intercepted – by none other than Ravens’ rookie Matt Elam who was making the news all week after calling Lions’ wide receiver Calvin Johnson “old.”
Records set last night by Justin Tucker’s 61-yard field goal include:
It's the longest in dome history.
It’s the fourth-longest field goal in NFL history and the longest in Ravens franchise annals.
Tucker became the first kicker in NFL history to hit field goals in the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s in the same game.
As of last night, Ravens’ kicker Justin Tucker has amassed 33 consecutive successful field goals, “the longest active streak in the NFL and just three shy of Matt Stover’s franchise record.”
The Ravens’ win last night keeps Baltimore alive for the final slot in the AFC wild-card playoffs.
Baltimore plays next on Dec. 22 at home against the New England Patriots.
The expressions on the Lions' faces following Tucker's field goal, priceless. Check out the slide show.
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