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Kicking proves to be key for both Ravens and Steelers

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Kicking proves to be key for both Ravens and Steelers

PITTSBURGH – The Ravens were staring at 4th-and-1 from the Steelers 35-yard line in overtime. Coach John Harbaugh was contemplating trying to play for the first down and see if the Steelers would jump offside.

But quarterback Joe Flacco didn’t want to fool around.

“Joe comes over and says, ‘Just let him win the game’ “ Harbaugh recalled, with Flacco referring to Ravens Pro Bowl kicker Justin Tucker.

And with that, Tucker trotted out and drilled a 52-yard field goal with 5:08 left in overtime to lift the Ravens (1-3) to a desperately-needed 23-20 win here at Heinz Field. Tucker’s success – and 50-plus yarders are far from automatic at Heinz Field -- stood in stark contrast to Steelers kicker Josh Scobee, who missed field-goal attempts from 49 and 41 yards on the Steelers final two drives of regulation.

Scobee’s second miss, with 1:06 left, gave the Ravens new life and the ball at their 31-yard line. Seven plays later, Tucker hit a 42-yard field goal with three seconds left to force overtime.

Tucker’s game-winner was set up because, in large part, the Steelers lost confidence in Scobee. Facing 4th-and-1 at the Ravens 33 in overtime, the Steelers opted not to send out Scobee for a 50-yard try, and a fourth-down pass from Mike Vick to Antonio Brown was broken up by Jimmy Smith. 

That set the stage for Flacco and the Ravens to steal the win. 

A 12-yard run by Justin Forsett and an 11-yard pass from Flacco to Kamar Aiken were the key plays on an eight-play drive that reached the Steelers 35-yard line.

And on came Tucker, who drilled the eighth game-winner of his career.

Tucker is now 12-for-13 in his career at Heinz Field, and is 16-for-23 in his career from 50-plus yards. His career percentage of .899 is second-best in NFL history.

“When you have a guy like Justin, kicking field goals is a pretty safe bet,” Flacco said. “He’s pretty darn good.”

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Roster is set heading into start of OTAs

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Roster is set heading into start of OTAs

Kick off your Monday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including the full 90-man roster heading into the beginning of OTAs.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. The Baltimore Ravens have officially announced the full 90-man roster that will be competing for an official team roster spot in OTAs this summer. Ravens OTAs begin Monday.

2. With the return of Pernell McPhee and the addition of Shane Ray, it's clear that the Ravens are searching for the right pass rushers for their defense. The two veterans join draft pick Jaylon Ferguson in the quest to create a dynamic defense.

3. Marquise Brown is expected to miss OTAs due to continued rehab on his foot from Lisfranc surgery. However, Brown is expected to be ready by the start of training camp in August.

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Marquise Brown to miss OTAs

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Marquise Brown to miss OTAs

Kick off your Saturday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including an injury update on the Ravens' first-round pick. 

Player/Team Notes: 

1. 2019 first-round pick and WR Marquise Brown will miss OTAs as he continues to recover from Lisfranc surgery. Per Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic, the team expects Brown to be ready by the start of training camp. 

2. The Ravens confirmed the signings of OLB Pernell McPhee, OLB Shane Ray, and WR Michael Floyd Friday. Baltimore also announced it had waived QB Jalan McClendon and DT Kalil Morris.

3. Free agent LB Jon Bostic worked out for the Ravens Friday, per Zrebiec. Bostic was cut by the Steelers in April. 

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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