Did Ravens’ Kicker Break NFL Rule With Practice Field Goal? [VIDEO]
Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker took a practice kick before booting a game-winning 47-yard field goal. Is this actually against the rules?
The Baltimore Ravens beat the Denver Broncos 38-35 in double overtime on Saturday. Corey Graham intercepted Peyton Manning with :51 left in the first overtime. Graham’s interception set up the Ravens at the Broncos’ 45-yard line. The Ravens drove to the Denver 29-yard line to set up Justin Tucker’s game-winning kick.
There was a little bit of controversy about Tucker’s routine before the kick. Tucker was seen on the field attempting a practice field goal. Denver cornerback Champ Bailey can be seen in the video objecting to the practice kick. Arizona Cardinals kicker Jay Feely tweeted that officials told him twice this year that a practice field goal in overtime on the field is against the rules.
Former head of officiating, Mike Pereira, tweeted that he confirmed with the NFL officiating department that there was no penalty for the practice kick. Pereira posted a follow-up tweet saying, “Officials are told not to allow a practice kick on the field. If it happens they’re to tell him to get off the field. No penalty.”
Who knew? You learn something new every single year about the rules in the NFL. The former head of officiating had to confirm what the actual rule is. He didn’t even know! There will be plenty of conversation about this story and a tremendous weekend of Divisional Round playoff action on “The Noe Show” beginning at 1:00pm ET.
Brian Noe is the Brand Manager at 104.5 The Team, ESPN Radio in Albany, NY. Brian also hosts “The Noe Show” weekdays from 1-3 pm ET on WTMM.