Last Sunday, the Detroit Lions were a little away from their first win of the 2021 NFL season, the first of the career of new head coach Dan Campbell. With just three seconds left on the clock, they lead the Ravens 17-16. Then, Justin Tucker, the most accurate kicker in NFL history, took to the field. Of course, Tucker had drained numerous game-winning field goals before, but it was a 66-yarder দুই more than two yards. Longest field goal in NFL history. There was no way Tucker could pull this puck.
Tucker’s presence shattered Ford Field’s dream of loyalty, and to add insult to injury, Tucker broke the record for the longest field goal in NFL history previously held by former Detroit Lions’ Matt Pratter. However, Prater didn’t even have a lion when he kicked that 64-yarder. He was a member of the Denver Broncos.
Worse, there was an apparent delay in the game that was not called for a kick. Campbell, who is well known for saying his team will break knees after hiring his staff, said: “I have nothing to say about it. Tomorrow, [we’ll] Ask forgiveness and it will mean nothing. That’s life. “
And it wasn’t even the first 60-yard game-winning field goal at Justin Tucker Stadium. On December 1, 2011, Tucker drained his career-long 611-yard field goal to his Ravens. 18-16 wins On the Lions of Detroit.
Money became a danger when faced with lions. In the three games of his career against Detroit, Tucker went 1-0 -1 with two game-winning field goals from outside the game0-plus yard. It’s incredible. In fact, during those three games, Tucker was responsible for 45 of Baltimore’s 81 points. It’s coming from the foot of more than half of Baltimore’s points.
Sunday wasn’t just a bad day for Lions fans because of the game. No, the Lions fans got to see their former kicker Prater, who is now a member of the Arizona Cardinals, trying to score a goal at the end of the first half against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Proter also did a 622-yard field drill against the Minnesota Vikings a week ago. It would be nice to have this kind of confidence in your kicker. Pratter’s kick came briefly, and was returned 109 yards to be touched by another former lion, Jamal Agniu. You can’t move away from a relationship with a lion!
Although the Lions history does not end with 60-plus yard field goals. Prior to the Pratter-yard kick, there were four players to score on the players-yard field (since then there have been two more goals on the 63-yard field: Gano, 201;; Maher, 201). Two of those four kicks involved a lion.
In 2012, 49ers kicker David Akers hit a 63-yarder Against the Green Bay Packers. Axes was the Detroit Lions for the last year of his career. After just one season in Motor City, the Axes were Released by the team. The move was not a big surprise as Axes attempted just 24 field goals for the Lions in 2014 and sent only 19 of them through the ascent. He was also in his 40s season and the Lions were looking to be Matt Pratter’s future kicker with their eyes.
The other 63-yard field goal related to the Lions is the first ever made. Tom Dempsey’s famous kick for the Saints in the 1970s came against no one but the Detroit Lions. Nowadays, Dempsey is well known as the guy with a rule specifically designed for him. You see, Dempsey didn’t kick his normal legs. He was born without a toe on his right foot, and thus, he did not wear ordinary shoes when kicking for the saints. He tried to use ordinary kick shoes in his early days as a kicker for chargers in the AFL, but those shoes were too bad for him, Dempsey often preferred to kick barefoot. It wasn’t until he came to the NFL, when he made custom kick shoes made specifically for him. However, those custom shoes were strangely sledgehammer-like, and after kicking his famous 63-yard game-winning field goal against the Dempsey Lions, the NFL set a new rule to prevent similar equipment-related situations.
Rule 5, Section 4, Section 3, Item 7:
Kicking shoes should not be changed, and any shoe worn by an athlete with an artificial limb on his kicking foot must have a kicked surface that is compatible with a normal kicking shoe.
That’s a real rule of the NFL rulebook, and if lions hadn’t bothered to beat a man with a half-kick, it might not exist nowadays.
I would also like to mention that the Lions themselves have never kicked a 0-yard field goal. Their longest field goal in franchise history is just one Pratter’s 57-yarder in 2017. For all the devastating long, game-winning field goals the Lions have endured throughout their history, you would think they would want to go deeper for it, but no. They are doomed to be the victims of a 0-plus yard field goal forever. Every one of their attempts will fail, and every one who tries against them will escape with a goalpost. I’m not sure what kind of black magic was performed in the franchise, but until the Lions sink their own 60-yarder, I don’t think the magic will stop anytime soon.