#1 hold up, needing only six saves in the middle 20 minu von miaowang123 23.02.2019 06:34

DETROIT -- Justin Tuckers powerful leg kicked the Super Bowl champions into playoff gear. Tucker made six field goals, including a franchise-record 61-yarder with 38 seconds left that lifted the Baltimore Ravens to an 18-16 win over the Detroit Lions in a Monday night matchup with major post-season implications. Ravens coach John Harbaugh chose to let Tucker try the longest kick of his career -- by 5 yards -- instead of going for it on fourth-and-8 from the Detroit 43. "If they send me out there, they have reason to," Tucker said. "Its because they think I can make the kick." Rookie safety Matt Elam sealed the victory with an interception -- Matthew Staffords third of the night -- after raising eyebrows during the week by calling 28-year-old Calvin Johnson "pretty old" and saying the plan was to make the star receiver uncomfortable by getting physical with him. Stafford threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Joseph Fauria with 2:21 left, putting Detroit up 16-15. But the Lions were unable to make a 2-point conversion and couldnt prevent Baltimore (8-6) from setting up its sensational kicker for his 33rd successful field goal in a row. Tuckers kick went just inside the right upright and barely had enough distance -- eight days after Denvers Matt Prater broke the NFL record with a 64-yard field goal. "I definitely felt like I got a lot of leg into it, but it jumped up so high I thought I might have gotten under it," Tucker said. Tucker, who hasnt missed a field goal attempt since he was 0 for 2 in Week 2 at Cleveland, has the NFLs longest streak since Matt Stover made 36 in a row for the Ravens from 2005-06, according to STATS. "What can you say about Justin Tucker?" Harbaugh said. "When we got the ball there, I think at the 45-yard line, I said, Hey, are we kicking this? ... He said, I got it." He sure did. Moments after his clutch kick, Tucker mentioned in a television interview that his big night also benefited his fantasy football team. More importantly, his real club won its fourth straight game and maintained control of an AFC wild card as the Ravens seek their sixth consecutive post-season berth and a chance to defend their Super Bowl title. Detroit (7-7) has hurt its playoff chances by losing four of five, falling out of sole possession of first place in the NFC North to third behind the division-leading Chicago Bears and Green Bay. "This is a setback, no question," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. "We had control and now we need help. We have to get two wins and let the rest shake out." Staffords three interceptions followed a troubling trend for the franchise. He has 12 turnovers, including two fumbles, in his last five games. Not coincidently, the Lions have been able to overcome those miscues well enough to win only one game during the slump. Joe Flacco, meanwhile, didnt turn the ball over and made enough subtle moves in and around the pocket to get sacked only once. He has been sacked a career-high 42 times this season, but he stayed upright enough to move the ball into position for Tuckers big kick. Flacco was 20 of 38 for 222 yards, including a 27-yard pass to Jacoby Jones to convert a third-and-15 from the Baltimore 28 on the game-winning drive. Jones had six receptions for 80 yards, and returned Detroits last kick to the Baltimore 33. Stafford was 18 of 34 for 235 yards with a TD and three interceptions -- increasing his five-game total to 10 -- for a season-low 48 quarterback rating. "This was certainly not my best game," he acknowledged. Johnson had six receptions for 98 yards and dropped two possibly pivotal passes thrown his way in the first half. "We just put every guy on him to try to stop him," Elam said. "It was no disrespect meant to Calvin. Hes the best in the league, so why would I challenge him? Words just got stirred up." The Lions started strong, with Reggie Bush running for a 14-yard touchdown on the opening drive. Detroit, though, got in its own way as it often has this year. Johnson dropped a pass that wouldve converted a third-and-15 deep in Ravens territory. On the ensuing drive, Tucker kicked his first of three field goals in the first half -- two of which were set up by penalties against Detroit. Tuckers next field goal was set up by a pass-interference call against safety Don Carey. Johnson couldnt catch another pass in Baltimore territory thrown at him late in the first half. The Ravens took advantage of that mistake and one by Detroits defence on the next drive. Flacco threw an up-for-grabs pass on third-and-8 from the Lions 44 after avoiding a sack, and the incomplete pass was negated by Louis Delmas helmet-to-helmet hit on Marlon Brown with 16 seconds left in the first half. That flag put the Ravens 15 yards closer to Tuckers field goal that gave Baltimore a 9-7 lead at halftime. Detroit drove to the Ravens 31 on its first possession of the second half, but Stafford threw a pass behind Bush that was picked off by defensive end DeAngelo Tyson. Baltimore went ahead 12-7 on the next drive on Tuckers 49-yard field goal midway through the third quarter. The Lions scored on the ensuing drive -- on David Akers 40-yard kick -- for the first time since the opening minutes of the game. The field goal came after Staffords pass into the end zone fell incomplete. A replay showed Detroit receiver Kris Durham had his arm held on the play by Lardarius Webb, but there was no penalty flag for pass interference. Tuckers 53-yard field goal -- matching his previous season high -- put the Ravens ahead 15-10 with 8:06 left. Detroit responded with its best drive since its first one. The Lions might have caught a break from the officials when Brandon Pettigrews catch was upheld after review. NOTES: Tuckers 56-yard field goal last year -- as an undrafted rookie -- matched the previous franchise record set by Wade Richey in 2003. ... Bush had 101 yards of total offence. Adidas Nmd Clearance Sale . That Ginette Reno can sing. Adidas Nmd Shoes On Sale . Howard hit a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 6-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night. http://www.discountadidasnmd.com/ . Adding playoff teams. Monitoring instant replay from league headquarters. Possibly creating a set of guidelines to prevent locker-room bullying. Adidas Nmd China Wholesale . SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. Wholesale Adidas Nmd .com) - Jeff Teague had 25 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as the Atlanta Hawks defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 90-85 on Saturday night.Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 23 shots for a successful NHL debut, as the Tampa Bay Lightning claimed a 3-1 victory over Philadelphia on Tuesday. Recalled from Syracuse of the AHL prior to the contest, Vasilevskiy was the reigning player of the week in the league. He was pressed into duty since backup Evgeni Nabokov played most of Mondays loss in Pittsburgh thanks to an injury to starter Ben Bishop. It was one of those things coming in. Weve been going through a little bit of a tough stretch here, said Lightning head coach Jon Cooper. We played him because hes a talented kid, but we thought he might be able to give us a spark and clearly he did. Steven Stamkos, Tyler Johnson and Valtteri Filppula lit the lamp for the Bolts, who were coming off consecutive road losses to the Capitals and Penguins. Ryan Callahan added two assists for Tampa, which also reached the 20-win plateau. Wayne Simmonds posted a power-play goal for the Flyers, who had won their first two of a four-game homestand. Steve Mason made 20 stops in defeat. Theyre always sound defensively. They have a lot of players on that team that can skate well, Simmonds noted. They check well in the defensive zone. It was a tight game. Weve just got to find a way to get on the other side of one-goal games like that. Stamkos ripped a shot home from the right circle at 1:50 of the second period, and the Bolts took a 22-1 lead at 6:34 when Johnson tipped in a cross- crease pass from Nikita Kucherov which ticked off the skate of Callahan just as a Tampa power play expired.dddddddddddd Vasilevsky didnt have to work much to make that lead hold up, needing only six saves in the middle 20 minutes. He made eight more saves in the third period, but only was required to stop one Philadelphia shot with Mason pulled in the final 1:57 of regulation. Its awesome. It was my childhood dream. And today I am playing in the best league in the world, said Vasilevskiy. Im very excited. Its the best feeling in my life. Filppula hit the empty net with 41.8 seconds to play which sealed the outcome. After killing off two penalties in a four-minute span, the Flyers took a 1-0 lead to intermission after Simmonds tipped in a Streit point drive with 40.4 on the first-period clock. Game Notes Tampa Bay has won five of its last seven games in Philadelphia since October of 2010 ... Vasilevskiy stopped 55-of-56 shots last week for the Crunch, and went 8-3-3 with two shutouts and a 2.34 GAA in 14 appearances this season ... Stamkos upped his career totals against the Flyers to 17 goals and nine assists in 22 games ... Philly completes its residency on Thursday against the Panthers ... Despite the loss, the Flyers recorded a man-advantage score for the eighth straight game, the longest current streak in the NHL. ' ' '

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