The Baltimore Ravens owe much of their success this season to kicker Justin Tucker. The 24-year-old has made 35 of 37 field goal attempts this season and has made 33 consecutive field goals, the fourth longest record in NFL history.
Tucker’s most recent accomplishment was being named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for the third time this season. After sending six field goals through the uprights during the Ravens’ 18-16 victory over the Detroit Lions, Tucker has become one of the most talked about players in the league.
The second-year kicker squeaked a 61-yard field goal just inside the right upright to put the Ravens up by two over the Lions with only 38 seconds left in the game.
In addition, Tucker made NFL history, being the first player ever in the league to score field goals from inside 20, 30, 40, 50, and 60 yards in a single game. Tucker connected from 24, 29, 32, 49, 53, and 61 yards in Monday night’s game.
Tucker was confident that he could make the 61-yard field goal to win the game. No pressure, right?
“He kind of ordered me almost to kick it, you know?” Head coach John Harbaugh told reporters. “We have a great operation. We give ourselves a chance to be really solid with the way we kick the ball. They work hard at that.”
But where would the Ravens be without their golden boot?
Five of the Ravens’ wins this season have been decided by three or less points, crediting three of those victories to a game-winning field goal by Tucker.
Tucker also leads the NFL in field goals made this season with 35 and has the second highest completion percentage at 94.6 percent.