By: Gus Wilson
On Sunday, September 26th, the Baltimore Ravens were in a tight game with the Detroit Lions in week 3 of the 2021 season. The Lions were 0 and 2 and looking to take down the Ravens coming off an upset on Sunday Night Football against the Kansas City Chiefs. Baltimore just converted a 4th and 19 to set up a 66-yard game-winning field goal for Justin Tucker, a would-be NFL Record.
Justin Tucker is statistically the most accurate kicker in NFL history, with a career field goal percentage of 90.6%. A 4 time Pro Bowler, 4-time All-Pro team member, and super bowl champion in 2013, he has played since 2012. He also has a 98.9% extra point percentage. Tucker’s career-long was a 61 yarder, also against the Detroit Lions, back in 2013. In fact, that kick was also to win the game. The current record for longest kick was by former Lions kicker Matt Prater, which was 65 yards.
Earlier on Sunday the 26th, Matt Prater, who currently plays for the Arizona Cardinals, attempted a 69-yard field goal against the Jaguars, only for it to fall short and to be returned 109-yards for a touchdown. Tucker’s record-breaking kick wasn’t short, however, but only by a few inches. The kick bounced off the bottom of the field goal post and in, winning the game for the Ravens 19 to 17. Lions fans cheered as the kick looked to be short, but were quickly silenced by the yelling Ravens players and fans attending the game. The Ravens look to continue their win streak against the Denver Broncos on October 3rd, while the Lions look to bounce back against the Chicago Bears also on Sunday.