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Justin Tucker’s Leg, 61 Yarder Lifts Baltimore Ravens to Huge Victory

December 17th, 2013 at 7:13 AM
By Josh Michael

Justin Tucker nailed a 61 yard field goal with just 38 seconds left in the game to lift the Baltimore Ravens to a crucial 18-16 victory on the road over the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football.

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Tucker took care of all the scoring for the Ravens as he was a perfect 6-6 on field goals and his game winning 61 yarder cleared the uprights by just inches.

"If they send me out there, they have reason to," Tucker said. "It's because they think I can make the kick."

Make the kick indeed, the 61 yarder was a career long for Tucker, which was previously 56 yards and it could not come at a better time for Baltimore. The Ravens are now 8-6, own the sixth seed in the AFC playoff race, are one game behind the Cincinnati Bengals in the division and control their own playoff destiny.

Heading into last night's game, rookie safety Matt Elam got some headlines by calling Calvin Johnson "pretty old," and although the game did not start well for the rookie, Elam sealed the win for Baltimore with an interception. Elam's interception was the third of the night for the Ravens defense as Daryl Smith and Deangelo Tyson also secured interceptions in the game.

The Lions actually took the lead with 2:21 remaining in the game when Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford hooked up with Jospeh Fauria from 14 yards out, and after the failed two point conversion, the Lions led 16-15.

Obviously, Tucker was the story of the night for the Ravens connecting on field goals of 29, 24, 32, 49, 53, and 61 yards.

"What can you say about Justin Tucker?" Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh said. "When we got the ball there, I think at the 45-yard line, I said, 'Hey, are we kicking this?' … He said, 'I got it.' "

Tucker has now made 33 consecutive field goals this season and has not missed since week two of the season when he missed back-to-back kicks against the Cleveland Browns.

Joe Flacco did just enough to help lead the Ravens to a victory on Monday Night as he did not turn the football over, which was crucial in this game, and converted some key third downs, including a 27 yard pass to Jacoby Jones on 3rd and 15 from their own 28 yard line on the game winning drive. He finished the night completing 20 of 38 passes for 222 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions.

Jones led all Ravens receivers with six grabs for 80 yards, while Ray Rice gained 56 yards on 12 carries. Rice's night may not have seemed like an All-World performance, but up against a stout front seven, he did exactly what Baltimore needed him to do.

Baltimore's offensive line did a decent job at protecting Flacco on the night as they held the Lions to just one sack in the game.

The Ravens will now begin to prepare for the New England Patriots who will be rolling into Charm City for Baltimore's regular season home finale and the stakes will be high with both teams still fighting to earn division titles.


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Tags: Baltimore, Baltimore Ravens, Daryl Smith, Football, Jacoby Jones, Joe Flacco, John Harbaugh, Justin Tucker, Matt Elam, NFL, Ray Rice

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