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Justin Tucker's been a big part of the Ravens' success this year. He made 33 straight field goals before missing in the second half of Sunday's loss to the Patriots, often bailing out an offense that struggled for much of the season.
But Tucker really enjoyed getting support when he stumbled. Tucker missed a 37-yard field goal early in fourth quarter of the 41-7 loss to New England, and said there was no doubt that his teammates were there for him, something that made the second-year kicker feel really good.
""It doesn't matter who you are on this team, everybody's got everybody else's back," Tucker said after Tuesday's practice, "I come to the sideline and it's immediate, the support is there, and it's going to be there for everybody."
Tucker had made the 33 straight field goals and then gotten a bunch of national attention with his 61-yard kick in the final minute last minute last Monday night in Detroit that gave the Ravens an 18-16 victory over the Lions. That field goal was his sixth of the game.
Tucker was trying to chase Matt Stover's team record of 36 straight field goals when he missed the 37-yard kick, something he pulled just to the left. But the aforementioned support he received afterwards is important to him.
"It's good to know that I've got my teammates' support," he said. "It's something that we all feel like we have to earn. It's something that we earn on the practice field. It's something that we earn on the game field on Sunday, of course. To be in that position that I put myself in on Sunday afternoon, and then to have the support of all these guys in this locker room, it's a cool deal."