July 22 Quick Kicks Podcast – Justin Tucker’s Big Night in 2013

As we do every Friday, our thoughts turn to our fine specialist brethren, as Kicker Friday is here once again. In December of 2013, facing the Detroit Lions in a critical game with playoff implications on the line, Justin Tucker, kicker for the Baltimore Ravens, went 6-for-6 on field goals en route to scoring all 18 of Baltimore’s points in an 18-16 victory. Chuck Zodda and Mark Schofield host the July 22 Quick Kicks Podcast, this time examining the greatest regular season kicking performance in NFL history. Topics this show include:

  • The overall flawless performance from Tucker and how he turned what initially appeared to be a regular night into a special performance with three short field goals in the first half (3:35)
  • The final kick of the first half as time expires, and the opening kick from Tucker in the second half, a 49-yard attempt that starts to ramp up the level of difficulty (5:59)
  • Tucker’s fifth kick of the night, a 53-yarder from the right hash, with the placement being critical as right-hash kicks tend to be more difficult for kickers due to their rotating motion (8:18)
  • The do’s and don’ts of kicker celebrations as it relates to mechanics and safety (10:45)
  • Tucker’s final kick, a 61-yard masterpiece from the right hash with 38 seconds remaining in the game (13:20)
  • How Tucker’s mechanics from 61 yards can be a textbook example for kickers from any distance in terms of efficiency and follow-through (16:01)

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Music Credits
FilligarGuilty Good Intentions
Ronald Jenkees, “Disorganized Fun

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