Ravens kicker Justin Tucker clutched the football Sunday afternoon as he headed up the tunnel into the locker room.

It was worth keeping after Tucker delivered the game-winning field goal on a 46-yard kick to seal the Ravens' 20-17 overtime victory Sunday over the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium.

Long snapper Morgan Cox sprinted over to secure the ball for Tucker after it sailed through the uprights.
"That was the fastest I've ever seen Morgan run," Tucker said. "I'm very appreciative. Morgan made a beeline over there."

The field goal marks the fifth career game-winner for Tucker nine games into his second NFL season, and his 16th kick in a row without a miss since misfiring on two field goals during a 14-6 win over the Cleveland Browns in the second game of the season.

Tucker had to account for the elements a bit on a gusty day, but the wind was behind him on the final kick. It had plenty of distance as he connected for the clutch field goal.

"I wouldn't say worried, but we always take it into consideration," Tucker said. "This isn't unusual. We ended up getting the wind behind us, it was kind of a cross-wind. We had a plan. The ball wasn't going to move too much. We just figured we'd just hit it as close down the middle as possible and give it a shot."

During the fourth quarter, Tucker said he had an inkling that he might be called upon for a pivotal kick when the topic was broached by kicking consultant Randy Brown.

"As soon as they scored their first touchdown to bring them within seven, Randy smiles at me and I smile right back at him," Tucker said. "He says, 'You and I are the only two people in this stadium that know exactly what's up right now.' Sure enough, the game comes down to three points in overtime."