SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- On a field goal attempt during the fourth quarter of Baltimore's 25-20 loss Sunday to the San Francisco 49ers, Ravens kicker Justin Tucker planted his left foot as he made his stride toward the ball.
As he drove that foot into the ground, a video replay shows the turf giving way and allowing his cleat to sink noticeably below the level surface of the playing field. It was captured in a photo by Ed Szczepanski of USA TODAY Sports:
Tucker missed the field goal from 45 yards away. But when asked about it postgame, Tucker would not blame the field.
"We knew the (field) conditions might be a factor," he said. "There are going to be spots that aren't as consistent as the rest, and happen 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."
It wasn't the only distraction for the kicker on Sunday, either. As the teams were getting ready for the second half and Tucker was warming up, a parachute jumper was landing on the field as part of a halftime show.
"There were literally people coming out of the sky as we were getting ready for the second half," he said. "But the onus is on me to be more thorough going forward."