Justin Tucker's late-game heroics in stark contrast with Steelers kicker Josh Scobee

What was obvious to so many on Thursday night at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh was simplified into 14 words by Ravens coach John Harbaugh after his team's 23-20, overtime win over the division rival Steelers.

"In this league, most games come to three points," Harbaugh said. "We have a great kicker."


Ravens kicker Justin Tucker hit three field goals late Thursday, the first a 40-yarder with 10:14 remaining that brought them within three, then a 42-yard strike that tied the game at 20 with three seconds remaining, and finally, a 52-yard blast with just over five minutes remaining in overtime to secure the win.

The final kick was his eighth career game-winning kick, and first since Week 3 in 2014 at the Cleveland Browns. It was dead-straight between the uprights, and could have been good from much longer.

"I really think it's just [trying] to keep it simple," Tucker said. "When we pick out a target behind the goal post, we aim small to miss small. On that last one more than anything, I was just thinking, 'Let's just rip it and get the hell out of here.' That's exactly what we did, man."

Tucker, as he always does, gave credit to the special teams unit of long snapper Morgan Cox and punter Sam Koch, who holds for Tucker.

"That Morgan, Sam and myself get to go out and put the dagger in the thing is really special," Tucker said. "We love doing that."

But it was his leg that earned plaudits Thursday.

He stood in stark contrast to Steelers kicker Josh Scobee, who missed wide left on field-goal opportunities from 49 yards and 41 yards in the final 2:29 of the fourth quarter to keep the Ravens alive.

Perhaps because of those, the Steelers went for it on fourth down twice in overtime, converting neither. The second failed attempt set up Tucker's game-winner.

That 52-yard kick was tied for the longest in Heinz Field history with former Steelers kicker Jeff Reid. He's the first kicker to make two field goals over 50 yards at the notoriously tricky stadium for placekickers.

But Tucker said conditions weren't an issue Thursday.

"With the quality of the snapper and the holder that we got, I'd say our range tonight could have been anywhere," Tucker said. "We would have put the ball down and kicked it anywhere in that stadium tonight and felt good about it."