Tucker keeps Ravens on track

  • Last Updated: December 17 2013, 7:53 GMT

Justin Tucker launched a franchise-record 61-yard field goal in the final minute to put the Baltimore Ravens one step closer to the play-offs with an 18-16 win over the Detroit Lions.

Reggie Bush bursts clear for a Detroit touchdown
Reggie Bush bursts clear for a Detroit touchdown

The Lions went 16-15 up with 2:21 to play when Matthew Stafford's 14-yard TD pass found Joseph Fauria, but they failed to make the two-point conversion.

Stafford then turned the ball over to give the Ravens their chance at a fourth straight win and keep the Super Bowl champions on track to defend their title.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh chose to let Tucker try the longest kick of his career - by five yards - instead of going for it on fourth-and-8 from the Detroit 43.

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

"I definitely felt like I got a lot of leg into it, but it jumped up so high I thought I might have gotten under it."

Tucker, who hasn't missed a field goal attempt since he was 0 for 2 in Week 2 at Cleveland, has the NFL's longest streak since Matt Stover made 36 in a row for the Ravens from 2005-06.

"What can you say about Justin Tucker?" 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."

The Lions had started strongly, with Reggie Bush running for a 14-yard touchdown on the opening drive.

But they have now lost four of their last five, a streak which is damaging their hopes of a play-off spot.


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