The Detroit Lions needed to win out the rest of the season in order to lock up the NFC North division title. That didn’t happen and the Lions can thank both a Matthew Stafford interception and a Justin Tucker field goal that just made it through the uprights by the hair on the kicker’s chinny-chin-chin.
Tucker’s field goal came after the Lions marched down the field with just over two minutes left in the game. Detroit failed to make a two-point conversion after Calvin Johnson dropped yet another ball and left the sore at 16-15. It really didn’t look like the Ravens had a prayer but then Baltimore converted a huge third down at the two minute warning and got into position for a 61-yard field goal attempt.
Not only did we think Tucker had the leg for the kick but we thought he had the accuracy as well. Tucker no doubt had the leg but just barely had the accuracy to nail the longest field goal of his career.
You don’t get much closer than that without missing. Tucker quite literally snuck the ball in the upright and gave the Ravens a 18-16 lead that held after Matthew Stafford’s first pass attempt after the field goal went right to Matt Elam.
Baltimore’s amazing late season push for the playoffs to defend their Super Bowl title continues and the Lions are now in danger of an epic yet characteristic collapse.