All hail the kicker, killer of Lions and savior of Ravens and fantasy football enthusiasts.
Justin Tucker single-footedly lifted Baltimore past Detroit 18-16 on Monday night with field goals from a variety of lengths. Tucker kicked the game winner, a 61-yarder that just barely made it over the crossbar. “I didn’t get all of it,” Tucker said, “but got enough of it.”
Justin Tucker is the 1st kicker to ever have makes in the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s in the same game. #RavensTalk
— CSN Baltimore (@CSNbaltimore) December 17, 2013
The Ravens, as they did a year ago, are getting on a late roll. At 8-6, they’ve won four in a row and face the New England Patriots at home Sunday and the 9-5 Bengals in the regular-season finale. That’s a great position to be in, even if the only person who scored Monday night was the kicker. Admittedly, that played out with a little more excitement in fantasy than in reality.
“My fantasy team is benefiting from it,” Tucker joked afterward. “Fantasy owners around the world, I hope you appreciate the points.”
Kickers get no respect in fantasy football. Justin tucker only scored 23 PTS in our league. If a Qb had a career day like that he'd have 70.
— Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) December 17, 2013
“As I always say I dislike fantasy football because it takes away the real value of the game,” Ravens wide receiver/buzzkill artist Torrey Smith tweeted. “It’s great for the fans to interact and be their own ‘GM’ but people take it way to[o] serious.”
I hate y'all fantasy folks who are tweeting me about your fake team…y'all make me sick…Ravens win that's all that matters to me
— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) December 17, 2013
— NFL (@nfl) December 17, 2013
H/T For the Win for the GIF