Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker set a new NFL field goal record on Sunday, hitting 66 yards – nearly 200 feet. The ball hit the crossbar and bounced through the goal, sealing a victory over the Detroit Lions in time.
“It was great,” Tucker said at the post-match press conference, before asking questions.
When he recalled that he had also kicked a game-winning 61-yard game against the Lions early in his career, he smiled and said, “Dude, I love Detroit. I’m thinking of getting a spot here. . “
Tucker’s feat capped off an end of a whip saw. A minute earlier, the Lions looked set for their first win of the season, coming from behind to take a 17-16 lead. But the Ravens managed to convert a passing play of fourth and 19 – and suddenly Tucker was standing just outside the Ravens 40-yard line, several yards behind the incumbent, with the result resting on his foot. law.
Trying to win an NFL game from an unprecedented distance, Tucker made a few adjustments to his normal routine, with the goal of throwing more aggressively on the ball – and from further away – to add more power to his stroke. foot. He took a step or two further back, he said.
“It’s something that I started doing over the last year or so,” Tucker said. “As I become more and more of a dinosaur in this league at 31, I have to do everything I can to make the ball go a little further.”
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Tucker also changed his footwork for the record distance.
“Instead of landing on my planted foot, I just throw the ball like it’s a kickoff, so I land on my kicking foot,” he said, adding that the photos would look probably felt like he was about to fall, due to his momentum.
In pre-game practice, Tucker missed baskets in both directions at 65 yards, he said.
“Fortunately, we found an extra meter and a half that I didn’t have three hours before. And I appreciate that.”