I’m a fan of the Baltimore Ravens, and everybody who knows me knows that. So, this article could carry a potential bias. But know this one thing: There is no better kicker in NFL history than the guy currently doing it for Baltimore.
Justin Tucker has done nothing but convert. From all over the field. He was the first kicker to ever make $16+ million on a single contract. He has been clutch since his first days in the league.
And on Sunday, he did something that had never been done before.
Longest Kick in History
Back in 2013, Justin Tucker pulled off a feat no kicker ever had before. Against the Detroit Lions on Monday Night football, he made six field goals. He converted from 20, 30, 40, 50 and then when going for the win in the waning moments, 61. No field goal kicker had ever hit from all five landmarks in a single game.
And now eight years later, back in that stadium again for the first time since, he made sure he would have the final say. In a game that Baltimore was clearly out of their element and struggling through, they got the last say. They were right around midfield, with three seconds left.
You already know what they did next. They didn’t go to Jared. They went to Tucker. And from 66 yards out, someway, somehow, he converted it. This was the longest field goal make in the history of the NFL.
Matt Prater missed a 68-yarder for Arizona today, and Jamal Agnew ran it back for a wild 109-yard TD. But Tucker made sure that his team would go from down one point to up two at the clock’s expiration. Game. 2-1 record.
Best Percentage in History
2021 marks Tucker’s 10th year with the Ravens. He was a rookie when the team won the Super Bowl, and he played a large role in that by making a 49-yard winner in OT at Mile High to sink Peyton’s Broncos.
Entering into action on Sunday, he had attempted 329 career field goals, making 298 of them. That is good for 90.6%, which is the highest percentage in league history. 76-76 from inide 30, 86-89 between 30-39 yards, 90-99 on attempts 40-49 yards, and 42-60 on 50+ yard attempts. He has missed just four PAT’s out of 360 attempts.
No kicker does it better than he does, by the numbers. Sure, Adam Vinatieri had a long career and was effective for almost two decades. But, it’s not the same. There are other good ones in the league like Matt Prater, Harrison Butker and Graham Gano, But none of them can even sniff JT.
The Ravens have lived and died off the foot of Tucker, and almost always get things done with him being the one they rely on. With a QB like Lamar Jackson to put them into position, they usually won’t lose those games.
Matt Stover’s Baltimore career was actually started in Cleveland, in 1991. He was a part of the organization from 1991-2008. He made 84% of his kicks, converting 471 kicks (only 13 from 50+ yards on 32 tries).
Billy Cundiff and Steven Hauschka both choked games for the team, which led them to eventually bring in Tucker four years later. The rest is history. Nobody is better.
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