Tucker's leg lifts Ravens to 19-17 victory over Bengals

The Baltimore Ravens essentially have two versions of the victory formation.

One is when the quarterback takes a knee to run out the clock. The other is when Justin Tucker comes on the field to attempt a game-winning kick.

“We've got the GOAT at kicker,” Lamar Jackson said, using the acronym for “Greatest of All-Time.”

Tucker kicked a 43-yard field goal on the final play to lift the Ravens over the Cincinnati Bengals 19-17 on Sunday night and into sole possession of first place in the AFC North.

Tucker also made a 58-yard kick in the third quarter, and even when the Ravens (3-2) fell behind 17-16 on Joe Burrow's 1-yard sneak with 1:58 remaining, they could feel confident because they only needed a field goal.

Tucker's game-winner extended his streak to 61 straight successful field goals in the fourth quarter and overtime.

He is 17 for 17 in his career on attempts in the final minute of regulation.

“What matters in those 1.3 seconds between snap, hold and the kick, are the things that are going to help the kick go through the uprights,” Tucker said. “My feelings, my emotions — for 1.3 seconds, they don't really matter, whether I'm feeling very confident or nervous or even outright afraid.

That's partly why I always make it a point to say a brief prayer as I'm lining up to kick — not to ask for results, but to ask for peace and to show gratitude just for sort of being able to be in that moment."

Jackson shook off a rough night passing, leading the Ravens with his arm and his legs on the winning drive.

Baltimore blew leads of 21 and 17 points in its previous two home games when it lost to Miami and Buffalo. The Ravens squandered a 10-point lead in this one but recovered.