Eight Years In the past, Justin Tucker Became a Legend in Detroit
As the Ravens prepare for their first trip to Detroit since Sunday’s week three game, Tucker said the game and season are a “blur” at this point but will not be forgotten.
“That game kind of put me on the map,” Tucker said on Wednesday. “I was just in my sophomore year. We’d made a number of field goals in a row. We were just totally in the zone. To be able to knock down six kicks on Monday Night Football when the world is watching is.” definitely something special. “
Head coach John Harbaugh remembered Wednesday’s game a little. He remembered not really having a choice of sending Tucker on the 61-yard attempt – the longest of his career. The Ravens had no time outs, standing in front of a fourth and eight of the Lions’ 43 yard line.
“It really wasn’t a decision; it was the only option we had at the time,” said Harbaugh. “Joe [Flacco] and the offense put us in a very good position. Boy I’ll tell you this ball just made it, if you remember, exactly in the ‘L’ of the post. “
Before going out on the field, Tucker said to Harbaugh, “I have this.”
Much of the conversation this week has centered on Harbaugh’s confidence in Lamar Jackson to get the one yard needed on the fourth down to polish the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night. That trust has built over the years, and Tucker’s game winners eight years ago may have helped.
“I was relieved that I had just said to Harbs on the sidelines before going out to kick the ball, ‘I have this.’ He trusted me and sent me there, “said Tucker.
“If you say something like that, you have to get away with it. When Harbs gave up that kick after trying to figure out if we were going to do this or kick him, he simply trusted our surgery to go out and do the job. I’m really grateful that we did that. “
The Ravens broke out into a pandemonium after kicking them. Tucker had an epic post-game interview in which he said that not only was it great for the Ravens to do the kick, but also good for his own fantasy team.
Much has changed in the past eight years. In his 10th season, Tucker is still the most accurate kicker in NFL history (90.7 percent). And he’s no longer playing fantasy football.
“I’m a kindergarten kid now. I have a hard time finding time for fantasy football,” Tucker said. “But if I were to design a team, I would definitely try to compete in double-digit rounds and not earlier. Otherwise, it’s just a bad strategy.”