October 21, 2014

Packers in the drivers seat (Lions fall to Ravens)

The defending Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens moved closer to a return trip to the playoffs and they helped out the Green Bay Packers as well.

Ravens kicker Justin Tucker booted six field goals, including the 61-yard game winner with :38 left to knock off the Detroit Lions 18-16 in Detroit.

That result means the Green Bay Packers will win the NFC North title if they win their two remaining games, against Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday and at Chicago in two weeks.

Matthew Stafford threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Joseph Fauria with 2:21 left, putting Detroit ahead 16-15.  But the Lions were unable to make a 2-point conversion and couldn’t prevent Baltimore from getting a final chance with Tucker.

The game winning kick for Tucker was his 33 in-a-row.  He hasn’t missed a field goal since he was 0 for 2 in week 2 at Cleveland.  He has the longest streak since Matt Stover made 36 in a row for the Ravens from 2005-06.

The Lions fell to 7-7 and hurt their playoff chances by losing four of their last five games.  The loss dropped them out of sole possession of first place in the NFC North, all the way into 3rd place, behind the Bears and Packers.

Matthew Stafford threw three interceptions in the loss.  He now has 12 in the last five games.