Justin Tucker is not human. Down by 1-point and the game on the line, John Harbaugh made the decision not to attempt to move closer, but to attempt a 61-yard field goal.
He nailed it, Baltimore took a 18-16 lead, and Matt Elam intercepted Matt Stafford on the ensuing Lions drive clinching a win for the Ravens.
With the win, Baltimore keeps its hopes of an AFC North title alive, and keeps pace with the Dolphins for the 6th playoff spot in the AFC. If the Ravens win out, they will win the North.
Baltimore needed Tucker to be on in this game, and he was. Tucker was 6/6 on field goals, accounting for all of the Ravens scoring. He also connected on tries from 29, 24, 32, 49, and 53 yards.
Flacco struggled for Baltimore, but put the Ravens in a position to have a chance to win. For the game, Flacco completed 20 of 38 passes for 222 yards and no touchdowns. Ray Rice had 56 yards rushing on 12 carries.
The Lions offense was not its usual self in a game that meant so much for it’s hopes of winning the franchise’s first division title in 2 decades.
Matt Stafford was intercepted 3 times, and Calvin Johnson had 2 of his career high 9 drops. He did not have a touchdown.
One of Calvin’s drops came in the first quarter when he was wide open and had a clear path to the end-zone. Instead, Detroit was forced to punt.
Stafford appeared to put the Lions up for good when he hit Joseph Fauria with 2:21 left to give Detroit a 16-15 lead. The Lions 2-point conversion attempt though was incomplete on a pass to Calvin.
Reggie Bush’s didn’t look like he was 100 percent, but he still managed to run for 86 yards on 17 carries.
Officiating played a big role in this game. In the 3rd quarter on a 3rd down a 9 from Baltimore’s 23-yard line, Ravens cornerback Lardardius Webb blatantly held Kris Durham’s arm in the end-zone and got away with what should have been a 1st down and goal for the Lions.
Detroit was forced to settle for a field goal, and those 4 points would have made a major difference in the game.
With the loss, Detroit falls one-game behind the Bears for the NFC North lead. Up next for the Lions is a match-up with the disappointing New York Giants at home.
Baltimore will travel to New England to take on the Patriots.