NFL: Justin Tucker kicks the Baltimore Ravens to victory
Last Updated: 17/12/13 10:06am
Justin Tucker: Kicks a game-winning 61-yard field goal against the Detroit Lions
A monster field goal from Justin Tucker with 38 seconds left kept defending Super Bowl champions the Baltimore Ravens in the play-off picture.
Tucker slotted over from a career-best 61 yards to seal an 18-16 victory over the Detroit Lions - with the Ravens moving to 8-6 as a result.
In fact, it was the boot of the 24-year-old that proved to be the difference between the two rivals throughout - with Tucker contributing all of Baltimore's points via six field goals.
However the Ravens still needed an interception from rookie safety Matt Elam in the dying seconds to deny the Lions (7-7).
It was the third time in the match that Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford was picked off during a disappointing night.
Stafford did complete 18-of-34 passes for 235 yards and a touchdown, with Calvin Johnson making 98 yards off six receptions.
Reggie Bush had opened the scoring for the Lions off a 14-yard run but the boot of Tucker kept Baltimore in the contest.
Tucker landed efforts from 29 and 24 yards before moving the Ravens into a 9-7 half-time lead with a 32-yard kick.
A fourth successive field goal, this time from 49 yards, followed in the third quarter, before David Akers got in on the act as he slotted over a 40-yard field goal for the Lions.
Tucker was on target with a 53-yard effort at the start of the fourth quarter however the Lions must have thought they have make the decisive breakthrough when Stafford threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Joseph Fauria with 2:21 left.
However Tucker and then Elam had the final say as the Ravens remained in the hunt for the play-offs.