With longest field goal on NFL records, Ravens won
The Baltimore Ravens unexpectedly lost to the Detroit Lions. Nevertheless, Justin Tucker attempted a 66-yard field goal and… it became the longest field goal in NFL history, improving on Matt Prater’s 64 mark set in 2013.
“He’s the best kicker in history,” emphasized head coach John Harbaugh. after his player sealed the second win of the week.
It was déjà vu for Tucker, whose 61-yard field goal gave the Ravens the win in their last game at Ford Field eight years ago. That had been the best mark of his career.
It was a victory on the road and against a team that had to be beaten in order not to lose ground in the division. And is that the AFC North is shaping up to be one of the most competitive in the league, with the Bengals defeating the Steelers and the Browns solidly winning in Week 3, the Ravens couldn’t lose in Detroit.
The winning kick was set up by a 36-yard pass from Lamar Jackson to convert a fourth and 19, finding Sammy Watkins.
So even with such a long try, Harbaugh sent one of his best pieces out onto the field.
Tucker improved to 16 of 16 in his career from NFL on field goals in the last minute of regulation time.
Curiosities aside: When Tom Dempsey set the 63-yard record in 1970, it was also for a winning field goal against … the Detroit Lions. Also, in 2015 Aaron Rodgers threw the longest ‘Hail Mary’ in the history of the sport (61 yards), connecting with Richard Rodgers and beating … the Detroit Lions at the last minute.
Tucker’s best years in terms of production were those of 2013 and 2016 when he scored 38 field goals and the call to the Pro Bowl. Then he has had three other double-digit campaigns. On four occasions he has been in the first team of the All-Pro. He has 295 field goals in the NFL; He has been four this season.
Information from Jamison Hensley was used in the writing of this note.