SANTA CLARA -- The playing surface at Levi’s Stadium again became an issue on Sunday after replays of Justin Tucker’s critical missed field goal showed his plant foot disappearing through the grass.

The Baltimore Ravens kicker made field goals of 22 and 36 yards, but his 45-yard attempt off the right upright appeared to be greatly influenced by his left foot giving way into the loose sod.

"We knew the (field) conditions might be a factor," Tucker told reporters afterward. "There are going to be spots that aren't as consistent as the rest, and I happened to find one at a point when we really needed those points. I've just got to find a way to make that kick. It might be more difficult, but I've got to find a way.

"As soon as my plant foot went into the ground, literally into the ground, I'm just trying to adjust. I didn't adjust enough."

Tucker has made 13 of 16 field-goal attempts this season.

San Francisco’s Phil Dawson might have also been subject to the loose footing that kickers experienced on Sunday, but he made all four of his field-goal attempts from ranges of 53, 31, 26 and 42 yards. He politely side-stepped questions from about the Levi’s Stadium surface after the game.

Tucker’s mishap appeared to be the only play on which the condition of the field impacted a play in the 49ers’ 25-20 victory. But it was a big one. After Tucker’s missed field goal, the 49ers immediately drove 65 yards for a touchdown.


Without the three points from Tucker’s kick, the Ravens had to score a touchdown in the closing seconds and settled for a failed desperation pass into the end zone from the 49ers’ 35-yard line as time expired.

When asked on Monday if the field was in good condition, 49ers coach Jim Tomsula said, “That field to me was great for us.

“I am very satisfied with the field.”