BALTIMORE – The Ravens defended their fake field goal attempt Sunday against the Redskins, even though the play didn’t work.
Justin Tucker, a right-footed kicker, lined up as a left-footed kicker before the ball was snapped. That could have potentially tipped off the Redskins, but Tucker said he was supposed to line up that way.
“Our thinking was that if our guys in practice didn’t notice it, and we have some smart players on the other side of the ball, then we’d have a chance to put one over on somebody on game day,” Tucker said.
Ravens tight end Crockett Gillmore was open for Tucker’s pass, but the pass was short and deflected off Duke Ihenacho of the Redskins incomplete. Ihenacho said after the game that he didn’t notice Tucker lined up differently than normal.
Asked the last time he threw a pass in a game, Tucker said, “I couldn’t tell you. I think the last time I threw a pass was in high school on a botched PAT attempt. So there you go.”
Ravens coach John Harbaugh defended the decision to call the fake, instead of kicking what would have been a 34-yard field goal attempt for Tucker. The Ravens led, 10-6, at the time.
“You can second-guess it, but I’m not second-guessing it,” Harbaugh said. “I’ve stood up here for nine years and we’re going to be aggressive. People are going to have to defend fakes, they’re going to have to defend us going for it on fourth down, that’s just the way we’re going to continue to play, because that’s what we believe in. We believe in giving our players a chance to make plays, and we’re going to keep doing it. We’re not apologizing for that.”
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