Trailing 24-17 with 24 seconds to play, Joe Flacco hit John Brown with a 14-yard touchdown pass to send a pivotal cross-conference showdown between the Ravens and Saints to overtime. Or so Baltimore thought.
The touchdown cut the lead to 24-23, but Justin Tucker — the most accurate kicker in NFL history — sliced the ensuing extra point wide right to effectively doom the Ravens to a home loss. The All-Pro had made all 222 extra point tries in his NFL career before Sunday’s game-changing miss.
Not only had Tucker never missed an extra point, he’d never missed a single field goal from inside 33 yard in his seven-year career. No one seemed more shocked by the miss than the prolific kicker himself:
But that didn’t stop the internet from sharing its surprise:
Justin Tucker just missed his first CAREER extra point pic.twitter.com/4OEfQ6aas5— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) October 21, 2018
JUSTIN TUCKER JUST MISSED MY ENTIRE WORLDVIEW IS SHOOK— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) October 21, 2018
Justin Tucker can't believe Justin Tucker missed a potential game-tying XP pic.twitter.com/1wuX1W9vql— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) October 21, 2018
damn they got Justin Tucker too— Mike Golic Jr (@MGolicJR57) October 21, 2018
Ravens K Justin Tucker had never missed an extra point in his career. 222-of-222 before today. He just missed what would have been a game-tying extra point. Wow.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) October 21, 2018
Justin Tucker missed an extra point and I no longer believe in anything— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) October 21, 2018
The veteran had one more chance to redeem himself with a suddenly-vital onside kick attempt, but his kickoff bounced into the waiting arms of Alvin Kamara. 2017’s offensive rookie of the year dove on the ball to seal his team’s win and push the Saints to 5-1 on the season. The Ravens fell to 4-3, dropping them to third place in the AFC North.