It was worth keeping after Tucker delivered the game-winning field goal on a 46-yard kick to seal the Ravens' 20-17 overtime victory Sunday over the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium.
Long snapper Morgan Cox sprinted over to secure the ball for Tucker after it sailed through the uprights.
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"That was the fastest I've ever seen Morgan run," Tucker said. "I'm very appreciative. Morgan made a beeline over there."
The field goal marks the fifth career game-winner for Tucker nine games into his second NFL season, and his 16th kick in a row without a miss since misfiring on two field goals during a 14-6 win over the Cleveland Browns in the second game of the season.
Tucker had to account for the elements a bit on a gusty day, but the wind was behind him on the final kick. It had plenty of distance as he connected for the clutch field goal.
"I wouldn't say worried, but we always take it into consideration," Tucker said. "This isn't unusual. We ended up getting the wind behind us, it was kind of a cross-wind. We had a plan. The ball wasn't going to move too much. We just figured we'd just hit it as close down the middle as possible and give it a shot."
During the fourth quarter, Tucker said he had an inkling that he might be called upon for a pivotal kick when the topic was broached by kicking consultant Randy Brown.
"As soon as they scored their first touchdown to bring them within seven, Randy smiles at me and I smile right back at him," Tucker said. "He says, 'You and I are the only two people in this stadium that know exactly what's up right now.' Sure enough, the game comes down to three points in overtime."
It was arguably Webb's top performance of the season as he recorded his first interception this year and he deflected a game-high six passes. Webb hadn't intercepted a pass since last season when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament.
"I feel like I'm getting better and better," said Webb, who's been targeted more frequently this season by quarterbacks. "I'm feeling healthy. I had a great week of practice. We got to keep working and build on this game. We had to be on point. We had a nice game."
The last time Webb had intercepted a pass was Oct. 7, 2012 in a 9-6 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. This time, he took the football away from Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones.
“We made an emphasis on it this week, defensive backs, let’s get picks,” Webb said. “Let’s get the ball and bring it back to the sideline, because if we get our hands on the ball, then we win the game. Now, I see it’s true. If we keep getting turnovers, we can win ballgames.”
Except for surrendering a game-tying, 51-yard Hail Mary touchdown to wide receiver A.J. Green, who finished with eight catches for 151 yards on 15 targets, the secondary had a strong game. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton was intercepted three times and completed just 24-of-51 passes for two touchdowns and a 52.2 passer rating.
Mohamed Sanu was limited to three catches for 26 yards and Jones had just one catch for two yards on seven targets.
"Our secondary played tremendously well," coach John Harbaugh said. "Everybody is going to talk about the last play, which is a shame. I thought the pressure was very good, but our secondary covered a very talented and gifted receiving corps all day."
Dalton under duress
Led by outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil, the Ravens sacked Dalton five times for the second-most they've recorded in a game this sea son.