DETROIT — Justin Tucker’s career-long 61-yard field goal with 38 seconds left lifted the Baltimore Ravens to an 18-16 win over the Detroit Lions in a Monday night matchup with major playoff implications.
It was one of six field goals made by Tucker, who hasn’t missed a kick this season.
Ravens rookie safety Matt Elam sealed the victory with an interception – Matthew Stafford’s third of the night.
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 setting up its sensational kicker for his sixth field goal of the game and 33rd in a row.
The Ravens (8-6) are in control of an AFC wild card following their fourth consecutive win.
Detroit (7-7) has hurt its playoff chances by losing four of its past five.
The loss dropped the Lions to third place in the NFC North. With a win, they would have remained tied with Chicago.
The Lions are trying to avoid a late-season collapse that would keep them out of the playoffs for the 13th time in 14 years. Detroit entered Monday’s game having lost three of four – and the Lions blew fourth-quarter leads in each of those setbacks.
Detroit hasn’t won a division title since 1993.
Lions receiver Calvin Johnson became the first player to reach 5,000 yards receiving in a three-season span.