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What does it say about Baltimore’s season that the most memorable moment was a field goal? Firstly, it suggests that the year was somewhat disappointing, but it also indicates that the kick was special.
Justin Tucker carried the team all season, and was voted the team’s Most Valuable Player by the local media covering the Ravens. He proved just how valuable he was against the Detroit Lions.
The offense’s ugly red-zone issues were abundantly clear in Week 15, and Tucker alone was the reason they were able to put points on the board. Baltimore got into the red zone on three occasions, but failed to get into the end zone and relied on Tucker to bail them out.
He was, in a word, breathtaking.
“Legatron” made six field goals (24, 29, 32, 49, 53 and 61 yards) but his last kick was the most spectacular one.
A failed two-point conversion by Detroit left them only up one, but the Ravens couldn’t get much going on offense. Eventually, they had to settle for a 61-yard field goal, but Tucker strutted out there full of confidence.
According to CSNBaltimore.com, head coach John Harbaugh was deciding whether or not to kick the field goal or go for it on 4th-and-8 when Tucker came up to him and told him, “I got it.”
He certainly did, as the kick just went through the uprights and gave the Ravens a critical win. The game-winner (and his post-game press conference) put Tucker on the map, and he’s definitely one of the most popular kickers in the league as a result of his heroics and charisma.