Tucker's streak ends at 33

Tucker's streak ends at 33
December 22, 2013, 9:00 pm
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(Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports)

On a day when almost nothing went right for the Ravens, even Justin Tucker missed a kick.

Tucker's streak of 33 consecutive field goals ended Sunday when he missed a kick during the second half of New England's 41-7 victory over the Patriots. He gained national publicity with his game-winning 61-yard field goal last Monday night in Detroit and had the NFL's longest active streak. 

Tucker and his special teams buddies Morgan Cox (long snapper) and Sam Koch (punter/holder) received a thunderous ovation when introduced before the game. Matt Stover holds the team record for consecutive field goals with 36, and Tucker hadn't missed a kick since the second game of the season, a 14-6 win over the Browns. The second-year kicked missed two in the first half that day but had been perfect since. 

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The streak ended, though, on the third play of the fourth quarter. Tucker was called on to try a 37-yard field goal with the Patriots holding a 20-0 lead. The second-year kicker hit the ball well but pulled it wide left.

"I felt like I hit it pretty solid," Tucker said. "I probably just turned on it a little bit. IT's just one of those things where, of course, you're going to be disappointed with the result, but I have personal experience that I can draw upon."

Tucker's still having a very good season. He's made 35 of 38 field goals, and the Ravens have leaned heavily upon him as their offense has constantly struggled. 

But Tucker said he wasn't going to over-analyze the missed kick or get too upset over it. The Ravens now are facing a must-win game next Sunday in Cincinnati, and Tucker wants to be ready to help the Ravens again there. 

"The fact of the matter is...I look at it pretty simply; I missed a kick, and it is what it is," Tucker said. "Just move on, and I'll make the next one."