Ravens kicker Justin Tucker earned plenty of plaudits after his five field-goal performance helped the Ravens to a 29-26, last-gasp win over the San Diego Chargers. It was his coach, special teams coordinator-associate head coach Jerry Rosburg, however, who got the game ball.
As the Ravens unwound from the game in the locker room, chants of "Jer-ry, Jer-ry," poured through the doorway cracks as Rosburg was honored for his unit's outstanding play in the win.
Cornerback Asa Jackson blocked an extra point in the second quarter, a game after his late punt block kept the Ravens in the game against the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night. Punter Sam Koch had boots of 60 and 62 yards, and former Ravens star Jacoby Jones lost two yards on his only punt return. Every one of Justin Tucker's kickoffs was a touchback.
"Between Asa and our punt coverage and our kickoff coverage — granted all of them were touchbacks — and our field goals, it's a special teams-wide thing," Koch said. "I can't say enough about coach Rosburg. Congrats to Tucker and us, but Jerry Rosburg deserves the credit. He did a very good job of putting us in the right situations every time today."
Through the Ravens' uneven season, Rosburg's units have flourished. Koch said it was only fitting for him to be honored after a game in which Tucker made field goals from 48, 29, 48, 45 and 39 yards.
"We were excited to give him the game ball, and well deserved," Koch said. "Special teams came up and showed well today. It helped the win and Jerry deserves it. He's such a great coach and puts so much heart and his soul into each and every player that we have here. He demands the best, and wants the respect that he deserves."
Tucker spread the credit around the entire special teams unit after the game.
"I sound like a broken record," he said, "Because I think I've said that to you 100 times over the last couple of years. When you've got guys like Morgan [Cox] who is able to throw the ball back the way that he does, Sam — he punted great today, too. When you've got those guys in the field goal operation, the ball almost kicks itself."
Tucker is 19-for-22 on field-goal attempts this season, and hasn't missed an extra point. He kicked the ninth game-winning field goal in his career on Sunday, the last coming in the Ravens' only other win of the season against the Pittsburgh Steelers.