TWENTYMAN: Ravens' 61-yard field goal upends Lions on Monday Night Football

Posted Dec 16, 2013

With Justin Tucker's kick, fell the Lions first-place lead in the NFC North, and quite possibly their playoff hopes, too

Justin Tuckers 61-yard field goal attempt with :38 seconds remaining Monday night fell innocently inside the right upright and just over the crossbar.

With it, fell the Lions first-place lead in the NFC North, and quite possibly their playoff hopes, too.

Tucker ended up being the only offense the Ravens had on Monday night, but it’s all they needed, as his six field goals gave the Ravens a 18-16 win Monday Night Football.

Turnovers, penalties, drops and the inability of the Lions high-octane offense to generate any kind of consistency throughout the game were all to blame in the loss.

The defense, who played pretty well all night, especially in the red zone, couldn’t make the one play to keep the lead after quarterback Matthew Stafford found Joseph Fauria for a 14-yard touchdown to take a 16-15 lead with 2:21 left in the game. The Lions didn’t convert the two-point conversion following the score, which ended up being quite costly.

The defense allowed a 27-yard completion from Joe Flacco to Jacoby Jones on third-and-15 with just over two minutes left in the game that got Baltimore to the Lions 45-yard line and in position to kick the game winner four plays later.

Stafford and the Lions offense scored a touchdown on their first possession of the game, and their last, but in-between got just one David Akers field goal and a lot of sloppy play.

Stafford finished 18-of-34 passing for 235 yards with one touchdown and three costly interceptions. Stafford now has 12 turnovers (10 interceptions and 2 fumbles) in his last five games. The Lions are 1-4 over that stretch.

Calvin Johnson had six catches for 98 yards, but also had two drive killing drops that ended up costing the Lions.

Calvin JohnsonWR Calvin Johnson (Photo: G.Smith/Detroit Lions)

The Ravens scored 15 of their 18 points following a turnover or drop by the Lions offense.

Bush finished with 86 yards rushing and the one touchdown.

The Lions controlled their own playoff destiny entering the game, but are now in a position where they need help just to get in with only two weeks remaining in the regular season.

They are a full game behind the Chicago Bears (8-6) and trail the Green Bay Packers (7-6-1) by a half game. They now have to win their remaining two games and hope for both Chicago and Green Bay to lose one more game. The Bears and Packers play each other to end the year.