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Justin Tucker, Ravens Left in Shock After 24-23 Loss to Saints

October 21, 2018 - 7:56 pm

By Joe Schiller

Coming into Sunday, Justin Tucker had never missed an extra point since coming into the NFL. 

A perfect 222-for-222 in his seven-year career.

When he did eventually miss, it cost the Baltimore Ravens a chance at a season-defining win. The New Orleans Saints erased a 10-point fourth quarter deficit and stole a win on the road 24-23.

It was the No. 1 offense vs. No. 1 defense and the game played out that way. The Ravens controlled the first half, holding the Saints to just one touchdown.

They added 10 points of their own by way of a Tucker field goal and Lamar Jackson’s first touchdown on a 1-yard run. Joe Flacco connected with Mark Andrews for an 8-yard touchdown late in the third quarter, giving the Ravens a 17-7 lead.

For three quarters, the Ravens made it their type of game and held a potent Saints offense relatively quiet. But stalled efforts on offensive drives early in the fourth quarter gave Drew Brees ample opportunities and he made the opposition pay.

The Saints engineered back-to-back 12-play drives. A 2-yard touchdown run from Alvin Kamara and a 5-yard touchdown pass to Michael Thomas gave New Orleans a 21-17 lead with 4:58 left to play.

Will Lutz added a 39-yard field goal two minutes later, giving Joe Flacco a chance to make a statement fourth-quarter comeback drive without any timeouts.

He did just that.

The Ravens drove 61 yards down the field on eight plays as Flacco found John Brown in the end zone for a 14-yard touchdown pass with 24 seconds left to play.

With all of the momentum heading into a likely overtime scenario, all they needed to do was make the extra point.

But after watching opposing kickers consistently miss those kicks around the league week-after-week, the Ravens finally got their taste of disappointment.

Tucker’s extra point sailed right on a windy night, just outside of the goal post.

Following the loss, the Ravens fall to 4-3 and it feels a long way from what could’ve been 5-2.

They head on the road next week to take on a very tough Carolina Panthers team, who are boasting a comeback victory against the Philadelphia Eagles.