By Nick Wilder
Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker is likely everybody's favorite player in Chicago this week.
With the Detroit Lions owning the tie-breaker over the Bears in the NFC North standings, the Bears needed either the Ravens to win on Monday night or have the Vikings beat the Lions in Week 17, to even have a chance at winning the division.
Therefore, Monday night’s game between the Ravens and Lions in Detroit was watched closely by the Bears. Tucker was able to hit a 61-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter to secure the victory for the Ravens.
“That was a big-time kick and I had a smile on my face last night,” Jermon Bushrod said. “It puts us in control of this division. As long as we can go out there and do what we have to do and take care of business, then we’ll be fine. With everything in front of us we just need to keep our eyes on the prize.”
As the kick was traveling through the air, it appeared that it may hit the goal post, before falling in-between the uprights successfully.
“I knew [the kick] would travel a little further since they were indoors, but I was surprised he actually hit it that well,” Jon Bostic said. “When it went up, it looked like he had the leg but then it started curving and I didn’t think he made it. But then it came back at the last second.”
Bears offensive tackle Jordan Mills also shared his experience after seeing the dramatic field goal go in.
“Oh man it was crazy, at first I thought [the Ravens] were going to go for it on fourth down and try to get the first down that they needed,” Mills said. “When they called the timeout, I saw Justin Tucker run on the field. When he kicked the ball, it was the longest three seconds of my life. When the left judge put his hands up I went bananas, everyone on my floor heard me screaming. I was glad the Ravens pulled it off and now we just have to win these last two games, starting with Philadelphia.”