(DETROIT) — The Baltimore Ravens are getting hot at the right time.
Justin Tucker kicked six field goals, including a franchise-record 61-yarder with 38 seconds remaining, to lift the defending Super Bowl champions over the Detroit Lions 18-16 on Monday night.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh elected to let Tucker try the field goal on a fourth-and-8 from the Detroit 43.
“If they send me out there, they have reason to,” Tucker said. “It’s because they think I can make the kick.”
Matthew Stafford threw for 235 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions for the Lions (7-7), who have now lost control of their own postseason destiny. They fell to third place in the NFC North behind the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers and will need outside help in order to make the playoffs.
“This is a setback, no question,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. “We had control and now we need help. We have to get two wins and let the rest shake out.”
Ravens rookie safety Matt Elam intercepted Stafford to seal the victory for Baltimore (8-6).
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire