Late for Work 9/27: Justin Tucker Shocks the World With Record-Breaking Field Goal

Full Reaction From Justin Tucker's Record-Breaking Field Goal

As Justin Tucker lined up a 66-yard field goal attempt, NFL Next Gen Stats gave him a 10% chance of making it.

NFL Next Gen Stats gave Justin Tucker a 10% chance to make that kick.

— Seth Walder (@SethWalder) September 26, 2021

They didn't account for Tucker to take an extra step back, and deploy a crow-hop, to find the extra power to bounce the football off the crossbar and in for a game-winning, record-breaking kick.

Looked like Justin Tucker took one step farther back than normal before that windup.

He needed every bit of oomph on that one. Wow.

— Jonas Shaffer (@jonas_shaffer) September 26, 2021

Tucker said he was short from 65 yards in both directions in pregame. He’s not sure how he found an extra yard and a half three hours later.

— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) September 26, 2021

The football realm was stunned; shock flooded social media.

Justin Tucker 66 yard FG to win!!!!!! OMG

— Mitchell Schwartz (@MitchSchwartz71) September 26, 2021

OMG. Just when you think you've seen it all. Justin Tucker drills a 66-yard FG at the buzzer to beat the Lions 19-17. It hit the crossbar and bounced over. Unreal. NFL record kick.

— Bob Wojnowski (@bobwojnowski) September 26, 2021


— NFL on CBS 🏈 (@NFLonCBS) September 26, 2021

Justin Tucker & I were the same class at #TexasHe used to sing Opera in the shower in college & got clowned by everyone. He didn’t care. He was him, hate him or love him. He was always the most confident.

Justin Tucker has never met a Field Goal he didn’t think he could make.

— Emmanuel Acho (@EmmanuelAcho) September 26, 2021


— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) September 26, 2021

That Justin Tucker kick should count for 100 points in fantasy

— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) September 26, 2021

Justin Tucker from Canada for the win! Bang!!!!

— Brandon M. Scott (@MayorBMScott) September 26, 2021

If there’s ever been a football player that approaches perfect it’s Justin Tucker.

— Ryan Clark (@Realrclark25) September 26, 2021

Justin Tucker, kicked an NFL record 66yd gm winning fg. Wow. Watching him warm ups, 60 yders were easy, but kicking it 66 yds with the money on the table is different story. WOW

— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) September 26, 2021

After the dust settled, Tucker's teammates took to Twitter with the same message: He's the greatest of all time.

Tuck Goated

— Tavon Young (@TY_Real1) September 26, 2021

LETTTTTSSS GOOOOO!!! J. Tuck is really him!! Great Team Win! On to the next!!

— Brandon Stephens (@BSteve_1) September 26, 2021

As for the field goal, if the completion and record-setting nature weren't already extraordinary, Tucker continued his streaks of being perfect in the final minute of regulation and 49 straight fourth-quarter field goal attempts.

Justin Tucker is not only the most accurate kicker in NFL history. But he’s the most clutch.

Tucker improved to 16-for-16 in his NFL career on field goals in the final minute of regulation.

— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) September 26, 2021

Justin Tucker's NFL record 66-yd FG in the Ravens' win over Detroit Sunday marks the 2nd time in Lions history that they have lost a game on a record-setting field goal.

On Nov. 8, 1970, the Saints' Tom Dempsey hit a then-record 63-yd FG to beat the Lions in New Orleans.

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 26, 2021

Pretty remarkable Justin Tucker stats: He's made 49 consecutive fourth-quarter field goal attempts and all 16 of his field-goal attempts inside one minute of regulation.

— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) September 26, 2021

Did the Ravens Dodge a Delay of Game Penalty?

What preceded Tucker's lengthy field goal has become a topic of conversation as the Ravens possibly averted a delay of game penalty. Many believe the Ravens should have been penalized, including Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett.

"[O]fficials appeared to miss a delay-of-game penalty that likely would have forced the Ravens into a Hail Mary situation," Birkett wrote. "On second-and-10 from the Detroit 48 with 7 seconds to play, Lamar Jackson threw incomplete after taking a snap that seemed to come after the play clock expired."

Clear delay of game in Ravens-Lions that officials didn't call.

— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) September 26, 2021

After the game, Detroit Lions Head Coach Dan Campbell expressed his frustration with the officiating.

"There's nothing I can say to that, because it's the same thing," Campbell said. "Tomorrow you'll get an apology and it doesn't mean anything. That's life and that's the hand we were dealt. We still had an opportunity to — that was fourth-and-long [a few plays earlier], a long way to go, and we gave it up."

Delay of Game is officiated by the Back Judge, who's responsible for watching the in-stadium play clock & the snap. There's a small, <1 second delay due to the mechanic.

The lag at the end of #DETvsBAL appeared longer than that, which if called, would've been a 5 yard penalty.

— Gene Steratore (@GeneSteratore) September 26, 2021

#Lions got royally screwed. There was a BLATANT delay of game not called on the previous play. Would’ve made that kick 71 yards. And as we saw, it wouldn’t have reached. (They wouldn’t have tried it.)

— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) September 26, 2021

Marquise Brown Is Happier Than Anyone After Drops

Though Lamar Jackson was accurate throughout the day, his connection with wide receiver Marquise "Hollywood" Brown wasn't its usual success. Hollywood had three drops on what could have been touchdowns.

"Otherwise, Jackson got little help from his receivers and was occasionally forced to run for his life when he couldn't find anything open downfield," Zrebiec wrote.

And Marquise Brown drops another routine throw which would have either been a TD or would have been inside the Lions 5. Harbaugh meets Brown on the sideline. Jackson has been on point. Hasn't gotten any help.

— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) September 26, 2021

After the third failed completion, Head Coach John Harbaugh spoke to Brown on the sideline to offer words of encouragement.

John Harbaugh on what he told Hollywood Brown: “You’re writing the rest of this story. No one else is.”

— Jonas Shaffer (@jonas_shaffer) September 26, 2021

Even after a less-than-stellar performance, Brown still totaled 53 yards on three receptions and is averaging 78 yards per game. If he continues at this pace and plays all 17 games, he'll shatter the 1,000-yard mark with 1,331 yards.

Ravens Still Need to Improve Tackling

Lions running back D'Andre Swift has been a challenge to take down throughout his football career, and on Sunday he continued eluding tacklers.

Swift powers up the middle for the 2-yard score and the Lions are right back in the game. Poor tackling, struggles in coverage spark the Lions drive.

Ravens lead 13-7, 5:21 left third quarter.

— Bo Smolka (@bsmolka) September 26, 2021

This was an issue. Ravens Defensive Coordinator Don "Wink" Martindale discussed throughout the week.

Don Martindale said the #Ravens were going to work on tackling this week but they're still struggling to wrap guys up.

— Todd Karpovich (@toddkarpovich) September 26, 2021

PFF's Austin Gayle had linebackers Patrick Queen and Tyus Bowser combining for five missed tackles alone.

"While the defensive line held its own, the Ravens linebackers struggled mightily," Gayle wrote. "Both Patrick Queen and Tyus Bowser earned PFF grades under 50.0 and combined for five missed tackles and three first downs allowed in coverage."

One day two years ago we saw the Ravens hit the tackling dummies hard one day during a midseason practice, something that doesn't often happen after training camp. I'm thinking Wink Martindale might bring those out again some day soon

— Bo Smolka (@bsmolka) September 26, 2021

Devin Duvernay Bounces Back From Fumble With First NFL Receiving Touchdown

Last week against the Kansas City Chiefs, wide receiver Devin Duvernay was the hero on the goal line, corralling in a fumble from running back Ty'Son Williams at the 1-yard line and getting into the endzone for a touchdown.

But against the Lions, Duvernay lost the football on a punt return and caught a bit of a break with a Lions punt coverage gunner being penalized.

That flag better be on DET or Ravens ST in trouble. Devin Duvernay fumbles.

— Morgan Adsit (@MorganAdsit) September 26, 2021

Lions should have ball at Ravens' 23-yard line after Devin Duvernay fumble.But a Detroit player ran out of bounds on punt coverage. So, 5-yard penalty and Lions punt again.

Ravens are lucky they are playing such a sloppy team.

— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) September 26, 2021

Devin Duvernay fumbles on a punt return. That's his second case of iffy ball-handling in three weeks.

... but it's called back because of a Lions penalty.

— Jonas Shaffer (@jonas_shaffer) September 26, 2021

After the break, Duvernay redeemed his fumble with a 19-yard touchdown catch – his first career receiving touchdown.

Here's the Devin Duvernay touchdown -- looks like Will Harris (25) and A.J. Parker get crossed up over who should stay with Duvernay (13).

(NFL Next Gen Stats)

— Seth Walder (@SethWalder) September 26, 2021

Ravens Prepared for Lions Flea-Flicker Attempt

Early in the game, the Lions attempted a flea-flicker with running back D'Andre Swift and quarterback Jared Goff. The attempt was unsuccessful, and due to a unique ruling, the Lions were fortunate not to lose possession of the football.

Ravens were well-prepared for D'Andre Swift possibly throwing the ball.

On Friday, John Harbaugh said about Lions RBs: "They also have guys throwing the football, believe it or not. We have those guys. We know they’re right-handed. We talked about all those kinds of things.”

— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) September 26, 2021

Not all agreed with the decision from the referees.

This is an insane overturn. There's no world where he was throwing the ball forward. Less than zero chance. That's batsh*t insane.

— Glenn Clark (@GlennClarkRadio) September 26, 2021

I can't get over this. This is borderline like seeing a ball bounce twelve times on the ground and calling a complete pass. It's quite possibly the worst overturn I've ever seen.

— Glenn Clark (@GlennClarkRadio) September 26, 2021

Hall of Fame Steelers Coach Bill Cowher is 𝑹𝑰𝑷𝑷𝑰𝑵𝑮 Boomer Esiason for not having Lamar Jackson in his top 5 QBs through Week 2 list.

— Baltimore Beatdown (@BmoreBeatdown) September 26, 2021

“I was kind of having a little bit of like an out-of-body experience for a minute."

Justin Tucker details what went into the record-setting 66-yard kick that lifted the Ravens to victory in Detroit.

— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) September 27, 2021

Ravens snap counts from Sunday: Williams leads RB snaps but gets few touches, rotation at LG continues, little bump for Proche, Oweh plays 50 snaps, Board out-snaps Harrison, J.Smith eases back in, defense plays 20 guys for second straight week.

— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) September 27, 2021

Sunday was probably what the NFL dreamed of when it brought football back to L.A.@AlbertBreer's MMQB column leads with the Rams and Chargers' knocking off last year's Super Bowl teams.

And much more from Week 3:

— The MMQB (@theMMQB) September 27, 2021

With the best offense in franchise history and a transcendent league MVP at quarterback, the Ravens haven't needed Justin Tucker quite as much over these last couple years. But Sunday reminded how fortunate they remain to have him:

— Luke Jones (@BaltimoreLuke) September 27, 2021