Justin Tucker repeats as AP’s best kicker
Justin Tucker stunned everyone with a miss.
The Baltimore Ravens' two-time All-Pro kicker is so good that nobody could believe it when he sliced a game-tying extra point wide right in a 24-23 loss to the Saints last month.
It was Tucker's first career miss after nailing 222 straight.
Despite the shank, Tucker was voted the top player in the league at his position for the second straight year by a panel of 10 football writers for The Associated Press.
2 is the new 1 in the NFL; 2-point conversion tries are up
Two is the new one.
NFL teams are going for 2-point conversions more than ever this season. Teams have tried it 59 times through the first seven weeks, converting 35. They're on pace to break the record of 115 attempted in 1994, the year the NFL adopted the 2-point conversion.
There have been eight entire seasons since 1994 in which there weren't 59 2-pont conversion tries and only four times has the total reached 100.
Bye week boost: Steelers suddenly atop topsy-turvy AFC North
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Bud Dupree spent a rare fall weekend off watching the rest of the AFC North falter, one by one. First, the Browns lost in overtime in Tampa. Then Baltimore fell at home to New Orleans when Justin Tucker missed the first extra point of his career. Then Cincinnati was bum rushed by Kansas City.
And just like that, the Steelers (3-2-1) were back atop the division.
Ravens remain confident in kicker Justin Tucker after miss
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the lessons his team learned losing improbable fashion will help his team the rest of the season.
Harbaugh praised his team's performance against New Orleans — with the possible exception of one missed kick.
Except for 1 kick, Saints, Ravens are evenly matched
BALTIMORE (AP) — In a matchup between the league's highest-scoring offense and top-ranked defense, the New Orleans Saints and Baltimore Ravens played to a near draw.
New Orleans didn't come close to matching its average of 36 points, and the Baltimore defense finally wilted in the second half — thanks to the stellar play of Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
At the end of New Orleans' 24-23 victory, players from both teams had plenty reason to feel good about how they performed.
Brees makes exclusive 500 club, beats Ravens for first time
BALTIMORE (AP) — So, Drew Brees finally beat the Baltimore Ravens. Years from now, the remarkable New Orleans quarterback will hopefully recall the comeback he engineered and 500th career touchdown pass — and not the unusual fashion in which the Saints won the game.
By virtue of the first missed conversion in Justin Tucker's seven-year career, the Saints pulled out a 24-23 victory Sunday.
Brees comeback, missed XP gets Saints past Ravens 24-23
BALTIMORE (AP) — Justin Tucker has won a dozen games for the Baltimore Ravens with his incredibly accurate right foot.
This one will be remembered as the one he lost.
Tucker missed the first conversion of his career after the Baltimore Ravens scored the potential tying touchdown with 24 seconds left, enabling Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints to escape with a 24-23 victory Sunday.
The Latest: Tucker’s extra-point streak snapped at 222
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Baltimore's Justin Tucker picked the worst possible time for the first missed extra point of his career.
The seventh-year kicker was wide right on an extra point that would have tied the Ravens' game against New Orleans with 24 seconds remaining. It snapped a streak of 222 consecutive made PATs by Tucker.
There have been five missed extra points in this week's games, marking the third week this season there have been five or more missed PATs.
Heroes and villains among NFL placekickers in Week 5
NEW YORK (AP) — Some teams can't kick about their kickers. Others might want to kick them off the roster after this weekend.
With the rare exceptions of Indianapolis' Adam Vinatieri and Baltimore's Justin Tucker, there aren't any placekickers whose place in Canton, Ohio, is a topic of discussion. Even Vinatieri and Tucker missed kicks in Week 5.
Steelers offense sputters in second half against Ravens
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers can't blame their latest loss on a struggling defense.
The Steelers defense kept Baltimore out of the end zone in the second half, but Ben Roethlisberger and the offense struggled to find rhythm as Justin Tucker kicked four second-half field goals, leading the Ravens to a 26-14 victory on Sunday night.
"I just didn't make enough plays," Roethlisberger said. "I'll take ownership on this game. I just wasn't good enough."
Flacco throws 2 TD passes, Ravens trip up Steelers 26-14
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Eric Weddle walked into the interview room in full uniform. Then the Baltimore Ravens well-bearded safety did a little dance and made a proclamation.
"I told you," Weddle said. "These ain't the same Ravens."
After two years and two painful near misses, he might be right. Baltimore can win in Pittsburgh again, fueling confidence the Ravens can win anywhere.
The Latest: Ravens lead Steelers 17-14 after 3 quarters
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The Baltimore Ravens are 15 minutes away from ending a three-game losing streak to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Ravens lead 17-14 through three quarters at Heinz Field. Justin Tucker pushed Baltimore in front with a 47-yard field goal.
The Steelers have been dominant in prime-time games of late. Pittsburgh has won nine consecutive games under the lights. The streak includes a pair of victories over the Ravens.
Ravens stop Colts late
BALTIMORE — Joe Flacco threw for 237 yards and two touchdowns, Justin Tucker kicked three field goals and the Baltimore Ravens moved a step closer to securing a playoff berth by beating the Indianapolis Colts 23-16 on Saturday.
The Ravens (9-6) scored on their first two possessions and held off the skidding Colts (3-12) in a windy, rain-soaked second half.
Baltimore — On a day where the Pontiac Silverdome failed to properly implode, the team that called the stadium home for 27 years had no such issues. With playoff implications hanging in the balance, the Detroit Lions went on the road and got rocked by the Ravens, 44-20.
Despite an extending layoff following Thanksgiving, the Lions failed to solve the team's issues with slow starts, allowing the Ravens to score the game's first 20 points.
Here are reactions to notable moments during Sunday's Detroit Lions vs. Baltimore Ravens game, compiled by Eric Coughlin of The Detroit News.
Justin Tucker hit his second field goal of the game to put the Ravens up 20-0 right before halftime:
A simple fullback route into the flat befuddled Lions defenders, leading to Patrick Ricard's first career touchdown, giving the Ravens a 17-0 lead in the second quarter. Ricard is also listed on Baltimore's roster as a defensive lineman:
James Hawkins of The Detroit News breaks down Sunday's Lions-Ravens game at M&T Bank Stadium (1 p.m. Fox/WJR 760).
Baltimore’s Justin Tucker voted top kicker in AP rankings
Justin Tucker has a strong, accurate leg, and dance moves like Drake.
That combination is good enough to make the Baltimore Ravens' two-time All-Pro kicker the league's No. 1 player at his position in The Associated Press positional rankings released Friday.
Tucker received six of 11 first-place votes in a 10-points-to-one-point system to edge New England's Stephen Gostkowski, 89-88. Greg Zuerlein of the Los Angeles Rams finished two points behind in the tight race.
Allen Park — It's easy to think of football as an offense vs. defense game, but special teams make up a huge portion of the pie. Approximately one out of every five snaps is a special-teams play, and when the Lions travel to Baltimore to face the Ravens, those could be some game's most pivotal moments.
Baltimore — Take the ball away from the other guys, hold onto it yourself and make sure nothing happens to Justin Tucker.
That, apparently, is the formula the Baltimore Ravens intend to use to reach the playoffs.
Terrell Suggs led an aggressive defense that kept Houston out of the end zone for the final 51 minutes, and the Ravens forced two turnovers in the final 5 minutes to secure a 23-16 victory Monday night.
Suggs, Ravens get defensive in 23-16 win over Texans
BALTIMORE (AP) — Take the ball away from the other guys, hold onto it yourself and make sure nothing happens to Justin Tucker.
That, apparently, is the formula the Baltimore Ravens intend to use to reach the playoffs.
Terrell Suggs led an aggressive defense that kept Houston out of the end zone for the final 51 minutes, and the Ravens forced two turnovers in the final 5 minutes to secure a 23-16 victory on Monday night.
Watch Miami Dolphins’ Vincent Taylor block Baltimore Ravens’ field goal attempt
This might sound familiar to Oklahoma State fans: Vincent Taylor blocked a kick.
Taylor, now with the Miami Dolphins, made the play during the third quarter of the Dolphins' Thursday night loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
Ravens specializing in long kick returns and effective kicks
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — During an up and down season for the Baltimore Ravens, getting a solid performance by their special teams has been the one steady constant.
The accuracy of place kicker Justin Tucker and precise punting of Sam Koch is nothing new. They're both former Pro Bowl starters, so their effectiveness is almost a given.
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The Latest: Andy Reid, AFC hang on to win Pro Bowl 20-13
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Andy Reid had a good time leading the AFC to a 20-13 victory over the NFC in a competitive Pro Bowl.
Broncos, Patriots have both hurdled the long snapper
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The rematch of last year's AFC championship this weekend will once again feature Tom Brady trying to avoid Von Miller's grasp and Aqib Talib's reach. There's a new wrinkle to the Patriots-Broncos rivalry this year, though.
Both teams have players who have hurdled the long snapper to block kicks this season, and while odds are slim it'll happen again Sunday, these players' athleticism will be on display in the kicking game or on defense.
Ravens Tucker gets a kick out of being perfect
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens' most potent offensive weapon is Justin Tucker, a can't-miss kicker who also happens to be a talented opera singer, skilled negotiator and the target of good-natured insults from his teammates.
Tucker is the only NFL kicker who's perfect this season. He's 27 for 27 on field goal tries — including seven from 50 yards or longer — and has nailed every one of his 15 conversions.
Ravens beat Bengals 19-14 to earn 1st-place tie in AFC North
BALTIMORE (AP) — One touchdown and Justin Tucker's flawless right leg were enough to thrust the Baltimore Ravens into a first-place tie in the AFC North.
Tucker kicked four field goals and Baltimore shut down the Cincinnati Bengals' depleted offense Sunday in a 19-14 victory that put the resurgent Ravens back over .500.
Baltimore (6-5) has won three of four following a four-game losing streak.
Tucker in can’t-miss mode as kicker for unbeaten Ravens
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Justin Tucker has a knack for putting the exclamation point on drives that come up short of the goal line.
Tucker has kicked nine field goals this season for the Baltimore Ravens, who are unbeaten after three games primarily because of his unfailing accuracy — especially with the outcome hanging in the balance.
Ravens have identity, know how to win; Jags can’t say same
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — With a stingy defense, a veteran quarterback and a strong-legged kicker, the Baltimore Ravens have a clear identity.
They've won three close games and expect to pull out many more.
"While we would like to blow everybody out, we know realistically we're the Baltimore Ravens and play AFC North, black-and-blue-division football," place-kicker Justin Tucker said. "We just have to be ready to end the close games and put the dagger in them."
Tucker’s late field goal lifts Ravens to 19-17 win at Jags
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — As his 54-yard field goal split the uprights, Justin Tucker raised both arms in celebration and turned toward Baltimore's bench.
He probably should have taken a bow.
Tucker kicked four field goals, including the long-distance winner with 1:02 remaining, and the Ravens remained unbeaten with a 19-17 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
Joe Cool: Flacco rallies Ravens to 25-20 win over Browns
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Ravens were in a huge hole and about to be buried.
Joe Flacco dug them out.
Flacco threw two touchdown passes to wide receiver Mike Wallace and Baltimore, sparked by returning a blocked extra point, rallied from 20 down and beat the Cleveland Browns 25-20 on Sunday.
Ravens go on defensive in 13-7 win over Bills
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens used a touchdown pass by Joe Flacco, two field goals and a throwback defensive performance to beat the Buffalo Bills 13-7 on Sunday in their season opener.
Against former defensive coordinator Rex Ryan, now Buffalo's head coach, the Ravens limited the Bills to 160 yards and sacked former teammate Tyrod Taylor twice.
That's how Baltimore played defense under Ryan from 1999-2008, and that's how it won the 2012 Super Bowl.
NEW YORK (AP) — Von Miller got a monstrous contract, befitting a sack-happy Super Bowl MVP. Muhammad Wilkerson and Justin Tucker also received big paydays, shedding their franchise tags and getting new deals.
Kirk Cousins, Alshon Jeffery, Eric Berry and Trumaine Johnson, however, will all be playing this season under the value of their tags after they and their teams failed to agree on long-term contracts by the NFL's Friday deadline.