Is Justin Tucker the greatest kicker of all time? (More Than Football podcast with Trey Wingo)

Justin Tucker made history on Sunday. On this week's More Than Football podcast, Trey Wingo and Brett Yarris discuss the kicker's legacy.

Last Sunday, Justin Tucker hit an NFL-record-breaking 66-yard field goal to beat the Detroit Lions. On this week’s More Than Football podcast, PFN’s Chief NFL Analyst Trey Wingo and host Brett Yarris discuss Tucker’s latest achievement and his place in NFL history.

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This isn’t the first time Justin Tucker has ruined Detroit’s hopes and dreams

Wingo knows Lions fans are more than familiar with Justin Tucker’s abilities. Back in 2013, Tucker beat Detroit with a 61-yard field goal. That makes the Lions the only team in the history of the NFL to have lost on a 60-plus-yard attempt at the end of regulation by the same kicker.

At times, it really does seem as though the team is cursed.

Justin Tucker’s statistics in clutch moments are absurd

To illustrate just how spectacular Tucker has been in the waning moments of football games, Wingo presents the following statistics:

Tucker has hit 50 straight field goals in the fourth quarter and overtime. 21 of those kicks were from at least 40 yards out, seven were from at least 50 yards, and of course, there is the 66-yarder he hit on Sunday.

On top of all that, Tucker has never missed a kick in the final minute of regulation, hitting all 16 of his attempts.

Wingo sums up those statistics concisely:

“I don’t know if there’s a more certain thing in the NFL than Justin Tucker coming on to steal your heart.”

Justin Tucker might be the greatest kicker ever

It’s fairly clear that Tucker is, statistically, the best kicker ever to play the game. The only real knock on his résumé is a lack of playoff success. However, it’s hard to fault him for Baltimore’s failures in that area.

Wingo does bring up another contender, though. And this one does have clutch playoff kicks to his résumé: Adam Vinatieri.

According to Wingo, the greatest kick he ever saw was when Vinatieri kicked the game-tying field goal in the “Tuck Rule” game. That was a 45-yard attempt in a snowstorm. Vinatieri has also kicked multiple Super Bowl-winning field goals for the Patriots.

Still, Wingo acknowledges that, by the numbers, no one is better than Tucker. He just hopes that the Ravens play well enough that Tucker “gets to show it off a little more in the postseason.”

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