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John Harbaugh explains why he had Tucker try 64-yard kick with big lead

Justin Tucker's 64-yard field-goal attempt in a blowout win over Tampa Bay has been a topic of discussion.
Justin Tucker's 64-yard field-goal attempt in a blowout win over Tampa Bay has been a topic of discussion. (Ken Blaze, USA Today Sports)

With the Ravens already leading 38-0 late in the first half Sunday, coach John Harbaugh sent kicker Justin Tucker into the game to attempt a 64-yard field goal.

It was an unsuccessful try as the longest field goal attempt of Tucker's career was blocked on the final play of the first half during the Ravens' 48-17 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Harbaugh explained the reasoning behind the decision on Monday.

"We're trying to get as many points as we possibly can," Harbaugh said. "The more points you have, the better chance you have to win the game. That is the situation where most of those long kicks occur, because the downside of a miss isn't as high.

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"If you do that at some point in time in the regular ebb and flow of the game, and you miss one there, you're going to give them the ball at midfield. That's not something we really want to do. That's why you punt the ball most of the time."

Tucker made a career-long 61-yarder to win a game over the Detroit Lions last December.

"That's kind of the golden opportunity to try a long field goal," Harbaugh said of Sunday's long field goal. "I was just disappointed in the swing he put on it. He's better than that. ... It was really low coming out of there, so we can execute that better. But we're always going to try to get points at the end of the half if we can."

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