The incredible Justin Tucker breaks FG record, sends Ravens to win over Detroit
By Kristen Wong
The Baltimore Ravens scraped by with a 19-17 victory against the Detroit Lions, and it was all because of one man: Justin Tucker.
With no time left in the game, Justin Tucker completed a 66-yard kick — the longest ever in NFL history — to hand Baltimore what will likely be their ugliest victory of the season.
Baltimore did not deserve to win this game (against the pitiful Lions, no less), and this game should not have been decided by a field goal. It should not have been this close.
After Lamar Jackson and the Ravens failed to advance up the field on their last possession, Baltimore was left with no choice but to kick the ball. From 66 yards out.
Nobody was more well-prepared than Justin Tucker.
Baltimore Ravens’ kicker Justin Tucker saves the day, nabs the win
Calmly and coolly, Tucker stepped up. His kick was almost short — the football bounced off the top of the crossbar, tumbled in the air, but made it.
And in the process, Tucker made history as well.
Tucker’s 66-yard field goal marks the longest kick in NFL history, with the former record set by Matt Prater of the Denver Broncos for 64 yards in 2013.
Mind you, Tucker was behind the logo when he attempted the kick. Behind the logo.
Detroit fans’ faces in the stands slowly changed from pure ecstasy to horrified shock as they watched Tucker achieve the previously impossible.
This was nothing short of a miracle for a Baltimore team that is now 2-1 to start the season. But Tucker’s long-range kicking abilities, along with a stroke of good fortune, helped the Ravens overcome a late Lions surge to get the away win.
Many are already heralding Tucker as the greatest kicker of all time, and after a game-winning and record-breaking performance like that, we agree.