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Ravens vs Steelers Final Score: A tale of two kickers

One deserves a game ball, the other deserves a plane ticket out of town. The Ravens beat the Steelers in overtime, 23-20.

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The Ravens have been incredibly fortunate to have a kicker that's almost guaranteed to get the Ravens three points, and that's especially true during Ravens-Steelers night, where the games are decided by the slimmest of margins. As usual, kickers made the difference in the game.

Josh Scobee missed two field goals from less than 50 yards out. Those misses gave the Ravens life when they should've been down and allowed them to go on the game-tying drive to force overtime, something that they had a slim chance to do. And one could speculate that the Steelers failed attempts on fourth down, the second of which led to the Ravens embarking on the game winning drive, happened because the Steelers couldn't trust the leg of Josh Scobee to kick long distance field goals.

On the other hand Justin Tucker was (and deserves) money. Tucker was a perfect three-for-three on field goals last night, hitting field goals from 40, 42, and 52 yards out, which is the longest kick by an opponent in Heinz Field. While a 52 yard kick is certainly something that Tucker can make, that's a pretty big kick to make in a kicker-unfriendly environment like Heinz Field.

Justin Tucker has earned the trust of the Ravens to make any kick and to win the game when called upon. The same can't be said of the Steelers and Josh Scobee and that made all the difference last night.