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.
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No. 5 — Justin Tucker 19-yard FG vs. San Francisco 49ers (Super Bowl XLVII)
Rather wild to rank the game-winning field goal in Super Bowl XLVII as the fifth-best field goal in franchise history, but here’s where I have it. It’s a slot or two lower as it wasn’t a lead-changing field goal, the distance is short and it was in a dome.
Throughout the course of Tucker’s NFL career, he’s only attempted a single field goal of 19-yards or fewer. This is that kick. It’s still a great kick and the pressure is still on him to hit it, but it’s 19-yards in a dome. With the ice in Tucker’s veins, there’s nothing more certain than Tucker completing a 19-yard field goal in a dome.
No. 4 — Matt Stover 42-yard FG vs. Seattle Seahawks (Week 12, 2003)
Less than a minute into the fourth quarter of this game, Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck tossed his fifth touchdown pass and once more extended their lead to 17 points. Down 41-24, the chances of a comeback were quickly dwindling. That is, until the Ravens big-name playmakers made their mark on the game.
With just under seven minutes remaining, Ed Reed broke through the Seahawks punt protection, blocked P Tom Rouen’s punt, scooped up the loose ball and scored.
The next possession quickly traveled into Baltimore territory. Hasselbeck completed two passes for 28 yards and a facemask penalty a play later placed the Seahawks at the Ravens 33. All they had to do was run the ball and chew clock. This proved to be a bad idea, as the three-time All-Pro LB Ray Lewis met RB Mack Strong in the trenches, knocked the football loose and recovered the fumble.
The turnover eventually led to a touchdown pass from QB Anthony Wright to Marcus Robinson. Now, three points from tying the game.
The Seahawks desperately tried to gain a first down on the ground and found themselves facing a 3rd & 1. However, no gain was made by RB Shaun Alexander on third down and a QB sneak by Hasselbeck was denied.
On second down, Wright’s pass fell incomplete but a flag hit the turf. Defensive pass interference was called on DB Marcus Trufant, moving the offense 44 yards. Three plays later, Stover knocked through the game-tying 40-yard field goal.
After a Seahawks possession was denied, the Ravens put together a 13-play drive. They’d marched all the way from their own 21-yard line to the Seattle 24, where the special teams unit marched onto the field and finished the 17-point comeback with a 42-yard field goal.
No. 3 — Matt Stover 43-yard FG vs. Tennessee Titans (Divisional Round, 2008)
In Week 5 of the 2008 season, Baltimore suffered a 13-10 loss to a powerhouse Titans squad who would start the season 10-0, before finishing 13-3. Stover had missed a 45-yard field right before half time, which would come back to bite them in such a close game. This left the Ravens hungry to avenge their loss coming into the Divisional Round.
Just like the first matchup, this game was close. Both teams scored touchdowns early and then were denied by the opposing defenses. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter that the Ravens broke the 7-7 tie with a short field goal. Then, with 4:23 left in the fourth quarter, Titans K Rob Bironas knocked through a 27-yard field goal to tie up the game 10-10.
This gave rookie quarterback Joe Flacco and the Ravens’ powerful rushing offense a chance to string together a drive.
A volatile combination of RB Willis McGahee, WR Derrick Mason and TE Todd Heap were called on, which eventually moved the Ravens down to the Titans 25-yard line with just under a minute remaining. This gave Stover a chance at redemption after coming up short back in Week 5. The 40-year old Stover did exactly that, splitting the uprights.
No. 2 — Justin Tucker 61-yard FG vs. Detroit Lions (2013)
In front of a national audience, Justin Tucker delivered one of the greatest games by a kicker in NFL history. The Ravens offense managed to repeatedly break into the Lions’ half but failed to find the endzone. Fortunately, Tucker had no issue. He knocked through five field goals, which reads off now like he was calibrating his distances. Two of the kicks inside the 29-yard line, one in the 30s, then a 49-yard completion followed by a 53-yarder in the middle of the fourth quarter. After the Lions scored a touchdown but failed on a two-point conversion, the scoreline read 16-15. Tucker had scored every point thus far and what happened next shocked the nation.
At the head of the Lions logo at midfield, Tucker lined up for a 63-yard field goal. The snap was good, the hold was good, and Tucker remained perfect on the night.
No. 1 — Justin Tucker 47-yard FG vs. Denver Broncos (Divisional Round, 2012)
Truly a one-of-a-kind kick. One of the most chaotic football games in playoff history needed two overtimes to decide a champion. And in that second overtime, the undrafted rookie kicker stepped onto the frigid field in Denver, Colorado, and sent a 47-yard dagger through the hearts of Broncos fans.