Sep 27, 2021 - Sports

Justin Tucker's game-winning 66-yard field goal sets NFL record

Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker

Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker celebrates his game-winning field goal. Photo: Amy Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker converted a 66-yard field goal to beat the Detroit Lions 19-17 in the closing seconds Sunday.

Why it matters: It's a new NFL record for the longest field goal, beating out a 64-yard kick by Matt Prater in 2013.

Context: The Lions had taken the lead a minute before the kick, and were up 17-16, before the Ravens converted a 36-yard pass on fourth-and-19 to set up the field goal.

  • The ball hit the bottom of the crossbar and bounced forward for the conversion as time expired.

Wild stat: There have already been 10 go-ahead field goals in the final 10 seconds of regulation or overtime. That's the most through Week 3 since the 1970 merger, three more than the previous record, write Kendall Baker and Jeff Tracy in Axios Sports.

What they're saying: "What I will personally take away from this moment is this team that trusts," Tucker said.

  • "As I'm becoming more and more a dinosaur in this league at 31 years old, I've got to do every little thing I can to get the ball to go a little farther."
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