Justin Tucker knocks it off the bottom crossbar, over and in, to break the NFL field-goal record with a 66-yarder with time expiring to give the Baltimore Ravens the victory over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field, 19-17.
Each team had their attempt at a game-winning field goal, with the Lions settling for three straight runs in the red zone, forcing the Ravens to drain their three timeouts, then knocking through a 35-yard field goal to take a one point lead in the game. This gave Lamar Jackson 64 seconds to get into field goal range. After getting sacked on back-to-back plays, the Ravens just needed one play, coming on a 4th and 19, to give Tucker a shot at the 66-yard field goal.
The Lions’ defense did a great job containing Jackson and the offense for most of the game, aided along the way with a plethora of drops from Marquise Brown and fellow Raven pass catchers. The defense kept the Lions in the game while the offense was getting it together. Coming out of the half, Jared Goff and the offense relied heavily on D’Andre Swift, as he touched the ball on 11 out of 23 offensive plays during the third quarter. Both drives ended in touchdowns, with the first ending in a Swift touchdown.
Penalties derailed much of the Lions’ plans for the day, with two false starts on fourth down (situations where they were just trying to get the Ravens to cross the neutral zone), as well as a penalty on special teams that negated a forced fumble recovery.
AJ Parker had himself a great game, finishing with three tackles. Parker played with loads of energy on run defense and helped contain Lamar Jackson and the Ravens running attack to a combined 116 rushing yards.
Newcomer to the lineup and fourth-round rookie out of Purdue, Derrick Barnes, saw plenty of action. Barnes finished with three solo tackles and a tackle assist, showing off his speed and football intellect throughout the game. He did have a couple plays where he just needed to trust what he was seeing and attack the hole, something he will surely clean up along his many starts this season. Barnes is a bright spot to look forward to on this defense for the remainder of the season.
Amani Oruwariye was able to come away with the Lions’ first interception of the season, the Lions’ offense was able to put three points on the board off of the turnover. Providing them their first fourth-quarter lead of the season.
The Lions started out slow but were able to come alive in the fourth quarter offensively. Unlike the previous games, the offense was not facing a prevent defense and was still able to come away with a lead with a minute left in the game. The defense played fast and disciplined, keeping the Ravens in check for most of the game. The Lions will look to improve on a great defensive performance next Sunday, Oct. 3, as they take on the Chicago Bears in Soldier Field at 1 p.m. EST.
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