Superior kicking leads Ravens past Steelers in OT

Fri Oct 2, 2015 1:25am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - Justin Tucker stood at the podium, faced the media and cracked a joke while cradling the game ball under his right arm.

"You probably don't want to hear some kicker stand up here and give a detailed explanation about a kick," Baltimore's kicker said on Thursday after the Ravens beat the Steelers 23-20.

"I'm sure you'd rather hear about guys throwing touchdowns passes or catches."

Not on this night. The pinpoint kicking of Turner and the scattershot performance of his Pittsburgh Steelers counterpart, Josh Scobee, made a big difference.

Tucker's third field goal of the game, a 52-yarder with 5:08 remaining in overtime, gave the Ravens their first win of the season.

The Ravens drove 32 yards in eight plays for the field goal. The winning march came after the Steelers drove to the Baltimore 33-yard line on their second possession of overtime but eschewed a game-winning field goal attempt by Scobee on fourth-and-1.

Scobee missed two field-goal tries, from 49 and 41 yards, in the last 2:24 of the fourth quarter.

Steelers quarterback Michael Vick threw incomplete to give the ball back to the Ravens (1-3), who erased a 13-point, second-half deficit and avoided their first 0-4 start.

"In this league, most games come down to three points," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "We have a great kicker."   Continued...

Oct 1, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett (29) rushes the ball as Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree (48) defends during the overtime period at Heinz Field. The Ravens won 23-20 in overtime. Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports