The legendary Lamar Jackson cramp game is already a story for the ages. The man runs back out of the tunnel on 4th & 5, right after the two-minute warning with Trace McSorley suffering a season-ending knee injury to throw a touchdown pass to Marquise Brown and eventually win the game. The game was undeniably the game of the year.
However, had Jackson not trotted out of the tunnel in time, the next play may have been another legendary NFL moment. An interview with Blitz ‘21 revealed Harbaugh considered Justin Tucker to attempt a 68-yard field goal.
“Tucker, who always runs right by me when he wants to kick a field goal, comes clicking by me, spins around and looks at me like, ‘Am I kicking the field goal?’ And I look at him and I go, ‘It’s 68 yards.’ He goes, ‘Yeah.’ I go, ‘Can you make it?’ And I think it might be a good idea. He looks at me and he says, ‘I think I’ve got a better chance than Willie.’ And I’m like, ‘I think you might be right,’” Harbaugh said.
In the end, the field goal was “only” 62-yards, rather than 68. Nonetheless, it’s wild to realize Harbaugh was mulling over the thought of Tucker booming a 68-yard field goal in what was a legendary affair between the Ravens and Browns.