Tucker calmly drilled the kick with the identical confidence he displayed earlier within the fourth, simply moments earlier than Lamar Jackson made his newest spotlight play of his implausible profession, when Tucker appealed to Harbaugh to attempt a discipline purpose from 64 yards out.
“He thought that gave us one of the best likelihood to win,” Harbaugh mentioned as he laughed. “So, you admire the boldness; that is simply how he’s.”
Tucker and the remainder of the Ravens sensed the significance of the second from the start of the evening, responding to Cleveland’s opening-drive landing with a rating of their very own earlier than working out to a 20-14 halftime lead, a 28-14 benefit early within the third, and a 34-20 lead later within the quarter. Even when the Browns mounted a livid comeback with Jackson within the locker room, Baltimore responded as quickly as Jackson returned, organising for a implausible end that Tucker capped along with his proper foot.
“I really like these guys,” Harbaugh mentioned. “I really like these guys. They’ve the hearts of lions.”
Baltimore weathered a number of accidents on the defensive aspect of the ball as issues gave the impression to be falling aside amid Cleveland’s comeback, with cornerback Marcus Peters happening with an obvious damage on Rashard Higgins’ 21-yard, fourth-down landing reception. Earlier than Harbaugh might even get an replace on Peters, the veteran was sprinting again out on the sphere.
“Marcus Peters, he ran on the market and the trainers did not even inform him it was OK,” Harbaugh mentioned. “‘Is Marcus cleared?’ Our coach mentioned, ‘Marcus is on the market?’ Then he blitzed and nearly received a sack. It was simply a kind of wild video games that is gonna be arduous to clarify and outline.”
Tucker’s try was a kick within the intestine for the Browns (9-4) and is likely to be a kick within the pants for the Ravens (8-5), who’ve received two straight and all of the sudden have the look of a severe menace within the AFC as soon as once more. They will want to increase their profitable streak into the top of the season and can possible preserve their eyes educated on Cleveland, who hosts the AFC North-leading Pittsburgh Steelers in a Week 17 recreation that would decide the postseason destiny of a number of groups.
“I believe this was, clearly, an enormous win for us,” tight finish Mark Andrews mentioned. “All these video games arising are playoff video games. That is the kind of mindset we had in the present day. We will not let one slip, and it began with the Cleveland Browns. We’re seeking to subsequent week and to get higher towards the Jacksonville Jaguars.”