The Baltimore Ravens took on the Detroit Lions from Ford Field in Michigan and came out with another win in amazing fashion. It came down to the last second, but the Ravens somehow pulled out the win on the back of a NFL record game winning kick.
The game started slow, but the Ravens marched down the field a little bit and were set up with a field goal attempt. Kicker Justin Tucker missed the 49-yard field goal attempt with just under six minutes in the first quarter; a rare miss for one of the best kickers in NFL history.
Multiple dry possessions from both teams until the Ravens got into the redzone and unfortunately for them, wide receiver Marquise Brown dropped a touchdown in the back of the endzone. However, this time on fourth down, Tucker did put the field goal through the goalposts to give the Ravens a three to nothing lead.
The Baltimore offense broke through on a third and long play when quarterback Lamar Jackson threw a nice ball to the back of the endzone and found a wide-open Devin Duvernay for the touchdown. The Ravens offense had struggled to move the ball against the Lions defense but a botch in the coverage allowed Duvernay to break free and give the Ravens a 10 to nothing lead right before the half.
On the next Ravens possession, two huge drops from Marquise Brown once again forced the Ravens to punt the ball back on a drive that they seemed destined to score on. Brown dropped two wide open passes which would have been touchdowns for Baltimore. As a result, Baltimore would go into halftime with a 10 to nothing lead over Detroit.
Baltimore would miss some opportunities on their next possession after the half and settled for another field goal. Justin Tucker hit the field goal right down the middle to give the Ravens a 13 to nothing lead.
Detroit would answer this time, however, with a D’Andre Swift touchdown run to cut the Baltimore lead down to 13 to seven. Detroit found gaps in the Ravens defense on their drive and capped it off with a touchdown of their own.
Baltimore would get back into the redzone but again would be forced to settle for a field goal. Tucker would knock the 32-yard attempt through for the score and extend the Ravens lead to 16 to seven.
The Lions would drive down to the goal line and punch in another rushing touchdown to cut the Ravens lead down to only two. The Ravens defense looked like they may hold on to the drive and force Detroit to make a critical decision but reviews showed that the Lions did indeed break the plain of the goal line and get into the endzone for the score.
The Lions would stop the Ravens and get the ball back. This allowed the Lions to kick a go-ahead field goal and give Detroit a 17 to 16 lead with little time left in the game.
On the next drive, the Ravens converted a fourth and 19 to give the Ravens hope. But it would come down to a very long Justin Tucker 66-yard field goal to decide the game. Somehow, Tucker drilled the kick to win the game for the Ravens. It bounced off the bottom of the crossbar into the air, and through the net. It was the longest kick in NFL history and was an incredible way to finish a scrappy game.
The Ravens costly mistakes were the difference between a blowout and the way they did win in this game, but they prevailed in the end. Three dropped passes by Marquise Brown cost them a bunch of points but the Ravens came out on top.
The Ravens now go to 2-1 on the season and will look to keep the winning streak going when they travel to Denver to take on the Broncos next week in the Mile High City.
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