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December 17, 2013

5 things to know after Ravens beat Lions 18-16

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The 61-yarder didn't clear the crossbar by much, and it almost went wide right.

"I had no doubt that he was going to make it," Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith said. "I actually played against Tuck in college, and I watched him in warmups kick 65-yard field goals like it was nothing. So when he was out there, I knew we were going to make it and I knew we were going back on the field and have to stop them on defense."

STAFFORD'S STRUGGLES: If the Lions do miss the playoffs, there will be plenty of questions about their franchise quarterback, who has turned the ball over 12 times in the last five games.

Matthew Stafford threw three interceptions Monday, although in fairness, he was also victimized by some dropped passes. Even star receiver Calvin Johnson dropped two big passes in the first half on his way to a pedestrian day by his standards: six catches for 98 yards.

"I didn't play my best game by any means," Stafford said. "We're capable of playing much better than we did on offense. I thought our defense did a good job of holding them to field goals."

CRUCIAL PENALTIES: Two of Tucker's second-quarter field goals were set up by Detroit penalties. The biggest was a personal foul on safety Louis Delmas that turned what would have been a third-down incompletion into another chance for the Ravens.

Baltimore capitalized when Tucker's field goal on the last play of the half gave the Ravens a 9-7 lead.

The Lions caught a bad break in the second half, settling for a field goal after Stafford's incomplete pass to the end zone. A replay showed Detroit receiver Kris Durham had his arm held on the play by Lardarius Webb, but there was no penalty flag for pass interference.

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