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Ravens’ John Harbaugh suggests new way for Justin Tucker to score

Oct. 1, 2015 - Pittsburgh, PA, USA - The Baltimore Ravens' Justin Tucker (9) walks off the field with the ball after kicking the game-winning field goal in overtime against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. The Ravens won, 23-20, in OT (Photo by Kenneth K. Lam/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire)
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Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker has established himself as a legitimate weapon for the team’s offense. During Sunday’s game alone, he nailed four field goals in the team’s 19-14 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Following the game, head coach John Harbaugh thought of another way Tucker could score: kickoffs through the goal posts would count as an additional point.

On the season, Tucker is a perfect 27-for-27 on field goals. He leads the league in makes (as well as percentage, obviously) for the first time since 2013 when he was selected to his only Pro Bowl and First-team All-Pro appearance. He has made multiple field goals in 10 of the team’s 12 games.

The strategy behind giving Tucker another way to score may be beneficial to the Ravens’–and other teams with huge-legged kickers–ability to score. Imagine a tied game in the final seconds of the fourth quarter being decided on a walk-off kick-off-through-the-opposing-goal post?

This rule does actually already exist. It has found a home in the CFL, where a “rouge” is earned when a kicker blasts a kick-off through the opposing team’s end zone, thus earning an additional point. The NFL may be apprehensive to add the rule of needing to return the ball in order to avoid giving the opposing team an additional point due to their attempt to limit kick returns.

Earlier this summer, Tucker signed a four-year, $16.8 million extension to remain with the Ravens after the team placed the franchise tag on him. He is yet to miss an extra point in his career.

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