Flashback Friday: Justin Tucker hits career long against the Lions
Flashback Friday takes us back to a dramatic Baltimore Ravens victory from 2013. The Ravens beat the Lions in a tough battle with some late game heroics from Justin Tucker.
The Baltimore Ravens know that Justin Tucker can hit a field goal from almost anywhere. Seeing is believing and they saw something amazing on a Monday Night Football game in 2013. The Ravens were playing the Lions. It was a hard fought game in which nothing was really going right for either team. The Ravens won the game 18-16 after an incredible 61 yard field goal from Tucker.
The Ravens intercepted Matt Stafford three times in that game. Stafford only completed 18 passes for 234 yards in the game. Calvin Johnson, who at that point was the most dominant receiver in the NFL, was held just under 100 yards.
Joe Flacco managed to not turn the ball over but his performance wasn’t something to write home about. Flacco had almost the same exact statistics as Stafford without the interceptions. The Ravens never established the run game and the game had to be won by grinding it out.
Tucker did all the heavy lifting in the game. He didn’t just make that 61 yard field goal to help the team. He made six field goals in the game, which bailed out the struggling Ravens’ offense.
The Ravens would have lost the game if any one of those field goals went outside the goalposts. They needed Tucker to be perfect on a day where their offense was anything but perfect.
Tucker isn’t the only reason the Ravens won. It was a great defensive effort and the Ravens prevented big plays from Stafford for the most part. Tucker may not be the only reason the team one, but he is surely the biggest reason for it. He was the MVP on that field, on that day.
This is a game that contributes to the most to Tucker’s very impressive resume. Tucker, who is the most accurate place kicker in NFL history, is capable of making amazing field goals. Knocking in a 61 yard field goal, after kicking five field goals earlier in the game is truly worthy of the Flashback Friday treatment.