Compared to many other franchises in the league, the Baltimore Ravens are quite young. However, they’ve quickly become a storied franchise with field goals both good and bad. This series will highlight the happy endings for the Ravens over their history. Part one will feature No.’s 10-6. Part two, releasing tomorrow, will include No.’s 5-1.
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No. 10 — Billy Cundiff 24- & 29-yard field goals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (Week 12, 2009)
Kicking off this list is the sweet taste of Pittsburgh defeat. The Steelers launched a second-half comeback and took the lead against the Ravens with 6:24 remaining. However, Baltimore drove down the field and tied up the game with Cundiff completing a 24-yard field goal with 1:56 remaining. The Ravens defense did their job and the Ravens had an opportunity to seal it. The offense drove down but on the 3rd & 9, Flacco was sacked for an eight-yard loss and put a 56-yard field goal attempt on to Cundiff, who was no good. But in overtime, Ravens linebacker Paul Kruger intercepted Dennis Dixon, the starting quarterback for the Steelers that day, and Cundiff won the game on a 29-yard field goal.
It’s not pretty the Ravens needed an overtime field goal to defeat the Dixon-led Steelers in 2009, but it’s great to not have that loss on the stat sheet. For that reason, this combo of kicks ranks No. 10.
No. 9 — Matt Stover 37-yard FG vs. New York Giants (Week 3, 1997)
In 1990, the Giants drafted Stover in Round 12 of the 1990 NFL Draft. He was placed on injured reserve the entire season and eventually signed with the Cleveland Browns before becoming a Baltimore Raven in 1996. Stover and the Browns faced the Giants twice in his Browns’ tenure and suffered two defeats. But as a Raven, Stover knocked through a 37-yard field goal with 34 seconds left to complete the Ravens’ 10-point comeback in the fourth quarter, defeating the Giants 24-23.
No. 8 — Justin Tucker 27-yard FG vs. New England Patriots (2012)
After departing from Billy Cundiff, the Ravens UDFA rookie Justin Tucker was given his first great chance to be Baltimore’s kicking champion. In theatrical fashion, it was against none other than the New England Patriots, who benefitted from Cundiff’s missed attempt not less than a season ago. Tucker had been perfect up until this point in regular season play, even knocking through two 50+ yard field goals a week prior against the Philadelphia Eagles. But on Sunday Night Football, with the nation watching, Tucker kicked a 27-yard field goal over the top of the upright and officially notched his first game-winning field goal. The bizarreness of this field goal will live in infamy.
No. 7 — Matt Stover 46- & 47-yard FG vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (Week 17, 2003)
It’s late December and Baltimore is closing out their AFC North winning season at home against the Steelers. The Ravens defense is pitching a shutout late into the third quarter and Steelers head coach Bill Cowher calls for a fake punt. Not only does it get a first down on 4th & 1, WR Chris Hope takes the Josh Miller pass 81-yards for the touchdown. This ties up the game 7-7. A Steelers field goal puts them up 10-7, but Stover responds with a 46-yard field goal to tie it. However, he misses the 52-yard attempt late in the fourth to take the lead and with a miss on the other end, the game heads to overtime.
Thankfully, the Ravens defense stops the Steelers first possession and Baltimore gets into Stover’s range to hit the game-winning 47-yard field goal. Brilliant way to cap off the regular season.
No. 6 — Justin Tucker 2x 38-yard field goals vs. San Diego Chargers (Week 12, 2012)
Another legendary 2012 Ravens game was capped off by Tucker completing two 38-yard field goals in the clutch. After Joe Flacco checks down to Ray Rice on 4th & 29, who manages to get the first down, Tucker would go on to tie the game as time expired. Then, with only two-minutes remaining in overtime, Joe Flacco kneeled three times and Tucker trotted back out to hit his second game-winning field goal in his rookie season.