Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker has stunned the NFL world, breaking the grounds for the longest-ever tract goal, and winning the crippled for his squad successful the process.
With the Ravens trailing the Detroit Lions 17-16 aft blowing a 16-0 lead, they got the shot backmost with conscionable implicit a infinitesimal to play - but rapidly went backwards. After backmost Lamar Jackson was sacked connected 3rd down, ESPN's triumph probability graph said the Lions had a 99.9 per cent accidental of winning the game.
But connected 4th down and 19 with lone a fewer seconds to go, Jackson threw a cleanable agelong weaponry to wide receiver Sammy Watkins, giving his squad 1 play to bargain the astir improbable of victories.
It would inactive necessitate a feat ne'er earlier seen successful the NFL, a tract extremity from 66 yards out.
Fortunately for Baltimore, they not lone had the astir close kicker successful the past of the league connected their side, but helium was besides precise acquainted with kicking game-winners successful Detroit, nailing a 61 gait footwear connected Monday Night Football 8 years agone successful akin circumstances.
"He's the champion kicker successful history," Ravens manager John Harbaugh said aft the game.
"When you person a kicker similar that, you privation to springiness him an accidental similar that. For him to travel done similar that is conscionable historic."
The Ravens had gone into the crippled arsenic dense favourites and led 13-0 astatine halftime, having botched respective scoring opportunities. Tucker missed an earlier effort from overmuch person distance, and receiver Marquise Brown dropped 2 casual touchdown catches.
He declared his emotion for Tucker connected societal media aft the game.
Tucker has been lauded by galore arsenic the top to ever play his position, boasting the highest accuracy of immoderate kicker successful history, and ne'er having missed a tract extremity effort successful the last infinitesimal of a game. He extended that streak successful absurd manner with today's effort.
The Ravens play the undefeated Denver Broncos adjacent week, portion the Lions are inactive searching for their archetypal triumph of the play and volition effort to get it against the Chicago Bears.
However, It wasn't the lone record-breaking show of the day.
New manager Urban Meyer made peculiar teams a precedence the 2nd helium started rebuilding the Jacksonville Jaguars' roster.
And helium spent months raving astir signing erstwhile All-Pro returner Jamal Agnew successful escaped agency.
Now everyone sees why.
Agnew returned a missed tract extremity 109 yards for a touchdown successful Jacksonville's 31-19 nonaccomplishment to Arizona, the NFL's archetypal since 2007.
It was Agnew's 2nd instrumentality for a people successful arsenic galore weeks. He returned 1 102 yards successful a nonaccomplishment to Denver past week.
His latest effort tied an NFL record, albeit successful a losing cause.
Agnew's touchdown was the 3rd 109-yarder successful NFL history, joining San Diego's Antonio Cromartie and Minnesota's Cordarrelle Patterson successful that elite group.
Now Agnew is cemented successful NFL folklore.
He said helium knew scoring was a anticipation erstwhile Matt Prater's 68-yard effort fell short. Agnew caught the shot and started left. He weaved his mode done postulation adjacent the sideline. He broke 1 tackle - choky extremity Demetrius Harris had his shirttail astatine 1 constituent - and outran respective others down a partition of blockers.
Jaguars people stunning 109 gait touchdown
"It's each violative linemen and astir apt a mates choky ends and past the kicker," said Agnew, who is the archetypal subordinate successful NFL past with 100-yard touchdowns successful consecutive games oregon weeks, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. "It's each large dudes retired there. I conscionable can't get tackled by the kicker. That's my thought process."
Cardinals manager Kliff Kingsbury deserves an assistance for giving Agnew a accidental to marque history. Kingsbury sent Prater onto the tract to effort what would person been an NFL-record tract extremity astatine the extremity of the half.
"He has plentifulness of leg," Kingsbury said. "Unfortunately it didn't enactment retired this time. But we spot Matt and are going to springiness him opportunities."
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