During a tense 13-10 AFC North showdown victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night at Heinz Field, Ravens rookie kicker Justin Tucker didn't let nerves or a rare missed field goal disrupt his form on his second try.
After missing wide right on a 41-yard field-goal attempt in a scoreless second quarter, Tucker delivered on a 39-yard kick in the third quarter that boosted the Ravens' lead to 13-7. Tucker has only missed two field goals all season.
"I haven't looked at the film yet and won't overanalyze anything until the next day," said Tucker, a former University of Texas standout. "We had another opportunity, so you just kind of forget about it when you're on the field and think about it later on. So, I couldn't even tell you what I really did.
"That felt pretty dang good to make the next kick. I've always said the most important kick is the one after a miss, and that's how you're judged in this league is how you respond after a situation presents itself."
Since beating out former Pro Bowl kicker Billy Cundiff during the preseason to win the job, Tucker has hit 19 of 21 field goals. That includes a 56-yarder that tied him with Wade Richey for the longest field goal in franchise history.
Tucker had to kick in some rough conditions as Heinz Field is a natural surface.
"As with any grass field toward the end of the game it will get chewed up a little bit," said Tucker, who made a 26-yard field goal in the first quarter for the Ravens' first points. "It is what it is. We kind of expected that."
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