Ravens vs. Lions: Takeaways from Baltimore's 18-16 Win over Detroit

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Ravens vs. Lions: Takeaways from Baltimore's 18-16 Win over Detroit
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

There are many things that we learned from the Baltimore Ravens' critical Week 15 win over the Detroit Lions, but none of them were more important than the excellence of Justin Tucker.

Tucker scored all 18 points for Baltimore, including a 61-yard field goal to win the game. He set franchise records for the most field goals made in a game and the longest kick in Ravens history, but the kicker's spectacular play covered up some of Baltimore's deficiencies.

For example, Tucker had to kick six field goals because the Ravens couldn't move the ball easily and were unable to convert in the red zone.

Furthermore, Tucker's insane kick covered up the fact that the defense couldn't get off the field late in the game—something that has occurred with alarming frequency in 2013.

On the positive side, it was Baltimore's second road win of the season, and it came with impressive performances by the offensive line and the secondary.

Here are all the biggest takeaways from another thrilling victory, including how the playoff picture was affected by Week 15's action.

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