Ravens kicker Justin Tucker named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week

The Baltimore Sun

In an unsurprising choice, Ravens kicker Justin Tucker has been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after his performance Monday night against the Detroit Lions.

Tucker connected on a 61-yard game-winning field goal in the final minute of the Ravens' 18-16 victory at Ford Field. The field goal is the longest in franchise history and the longest indoors in NFL history.

“What can you say about Justin Tucker?,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said after the game. “He told me when we got the ball, I think at the [Lions'] 45-yard line, I said, ‘hey, are we kicking this?' or should I go for it on fourth-and-10? And he said, “I got it.” He kind of ordered me to kick it.”

Tucker hit six field goals against the Lions and has made his last 33 field-goal attempts, the longest active streak in the NFL. He's just four field goals shy of surpassing former Ravens kicker Matt Stover's franchise record of 36 in a row during a span from 2005 to 2006.

This marks the third time that Tucker has won the weekly award this season. He leads the NFL with 35 field goals in 2013, missing just two kicks, for a 94.6 percentage.

Tucker has made 35 of 37 field goals on the road for his career, a 95-percent success rate. He also has made six field goals from 50 yards or more this season, tying with Dan Bailey and Graham Gano for the most in the NFL.



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