Upon Further Review: Ravens Week 15

December, 17, 2013
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DETROIT -- A review of four hot issues from the Baltimore Ravens' 18-16 win at the Detroit Lions.

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Leon Halip/Getty ImagesJustin Tucker celebrates his 61-yard field goal Monday night.
Team MVP: Justin Tucker's 61-yard field goal with 38 seconds remaining was the game winner, another reason why he has been the MVP for the Ravens this season. When you include PATs in addition to field goals, he has accounted for 57 percent of Baltimore's scoring (50 of 88 points) during the Ravens' four-game win streak. Tucker's six field goals on "Monday Night Football" was a franchise record. He has now connected on 33 straight field goals, which is four shy of setting another franchise mark. How valuable has Tucker been? According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Ravens became only the second team to win this season without scoring a touchdown. (The New York Giants were the first, beating the Philadelphia Eagles 15-7 in Week 8.

Flacco finishes again: Quarterback Joe Flacco engineered his fourth game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime this season. Only New England's Tom Brady has more. After the Lions took a 16-15 lead with 2:21 left in the game, Flacco converted a third-and-15 with a 27-yard pass to Jacoby Jones -- his longest completion of the game -- which moved the Ravens within Tucker's range. Flacco has delivered a game-winning drive in four of the Ravens' past six victories, including both of their road wins this season.

Defense slips again: The Ravens' defense has looked dominating over the past month, except when it gets to crunch time. Over the past six weeks, a stretch in which the Ravens have won five times, the Ravens' defense has allowed two touchdowns in the first three quarters and six in the fourth quarter. The Ravens gave up the go-ahead touchdown in Detroit with 2:21 remaining, when Matthew Stafford threw a 14-yard pass to Joseph Fauria in the end zone. In the past three games, the Ravens have allowed four touchdowns in the final three minutes.

Road less traveled: The Ravens won at an NFC North stadium for the first time in franchise history. Before Monday night, they had been 0-8 in games at Detroit, Chicago, Green Bay and Minnesota. The Ravens also improved to 2-5 on the road this season, ending a three-game losing streak away from home. What was the biggest difference on Monday night? The Ravens forced a total of two turnovers during that three-game losing streak on the road. In Detroit, Baltimore intercepted Stafford three times. Two of those picks led to field goals (six points) and the other one by safety Matt Elam ended the game.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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