Justin Tucker converts 69-yard field goal in Ravens practice Sunday

Justin Tucker
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The temperature, the field condition and the scenario all lined up for Justin Tucker, and the Ravens kicker provided the leg, hitting a 69-yard field goal toward the end of practice Sunday.

One of the team's last drills gave the offense a chance to set up in field goal range before Tucker came on for the kick, simulating an end-of-half situation.


"It's really a mindset you just have to have before you even think about stepping onto the field from the sideline," Tucker said. "And [coach John Harbaugh] asked, 'Are we kicking this?' And I ran out there and I said, 'Hell yeah, we're kicking it!' Kind of didn't really give anybody a choice. When you do that, you kind of have to make it."

The NFL record for the longest successful field goal is by Matt Prater, who made a 64-yarder with Denver in 2013. Tucker's career long is 61 yards.

Tucker acknowledged that attempting a 69-yarder would be rare in a game. The Ravens would likely only attempt such a long field goal on the last play of a half, when it would be more effective than a Hail Mary, the only other option.

Still, Tucker appreciated the opportunity to try it in practice and show that he can make it.

"We're not just gonna be out there hitting 69-yarders in the first quarter unless we've got a 30 mile-an-hour tailwind, and our defense is just ballin', and we have just the most amazing defense versus offense matchup," Tucker said. "But when they call upon me, I gotta be ready."

After he made the kick, Tucker received a chest-bump from Harbaugh.

"That was a first," Tucker said. "I always get nervous when I see the high school and college players doing the jump, side-bump. My whole thing is, if you're gonna celebrate, stay on the ground, but if it's with the head ball coach, then you do it."

M&T Bank Stadium up next: The Ravens will have their first practice in M&T Bank Stadium on the new grass field Monday at 7 p.m.


"Everybody united in terms of being a Ravens fan, from every part of our region here, every neighborhood, let's come on out and have fun and laugh and eat some hot dogs and drink some Cokes and whatever else we're doing out there," Harbaugh said.