National Football League
               === Tucker's 61-yd FG lifts Ravens past Lions ===
 Detroit,  MI  ( - Justin  Tucker kicked a 61-yard field goal
 with  38 seconds  left as the Baltimore  Ravens took a huge 18-16 victory over
 the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on Monday.
 "I definitely felt like I got a lot of leg into it, but it jumped up so high I
 thought I might have gotten under it," Tucker said of the boot.
 Tucker  kicked  six field  goals (29,  24, 32, 49,  53, 61)  with his last one
 helping the Ravens (8-6) win their fourth straight game and move just one game
 back of the Cincinnati Bengals for first place in the AFC North.
 In  addition, Baltimore sits locked in the second wild-card spot in the AFC as
 the  team is tied with Miami, but the Ravens hold the tiebreaker after beating
 the Dolphins in Week 5.
 Baltimore  plays at home against New England next Sunday, before finishing off
 the season in Cincinnati in a game that could be for the division.
 Joe  Flacco went 20-for-38 for 222 yards with Jacoby Jones catching six passes
 for  80 yards in the win for Baltimore, its third in four career games against
 the Lions.
 Detroit  (7-7)  has now dropped  four of  its last five  games and fell out of
 first  place  in the  NFC  North.  The team  is  now  in third  place,  behind
 division-leading Chicago (8-6) and second place Green Bay (7-6-1).
 Matthew  Stafford  continued to turn  the ball  over, getting picked off three
 times,  including  twice in the fourth  quarter and now has nine interceptions
 over  his past  four games along with  a pair of fumbles lost. He finished the
 contest 18-for-34 for 235 yards with one touchdown pass.
 "It's  tough,  I need to look  at the tape and  see the mistakes I made," said
 Stafford.  "I didn't  play my best game  by any means. That's obviously a good
 football  team we  played, but we're capable of playing much better on offense
 than we did. We have to go back and learn from it and move on and win the next
 Detroit  had gone  ahead with 2:21 to  play after Joseph Fauria made a leaping
 catch  in  the middle of  the end  zone from 14  yards out. Stafford's pass to
 Calvin  Johnson  for the two-point  conversion, though, went incomplete and it
 was a 16-15 game.
 Flacco  quickly  faced a  3rd-and-15 after  a pair of  incompletes and a false
 start,  but  hit  Jones for  27  yards  to  the  Detroit 45.  After  two  more
 incompletions,  Ray Rice took a handoff for two yards and it appeared that the
 Ravens  were going to go for it, but Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh called
 a timeout and decided to go for the field goal.
 Tucker,  who had  hit a 53-yard field  goal earlier in the quarter, got all of
 the  ball  and it  just stayed  inside the  right upright  and barely over the
 crossbar  for a  team-record 61-yard field goal  and an 18-16 lead. It was the
 33rd straight field goal that Tucker has made.
 The  next snap saw  Stafford go over the middle and Matt Elam come up with the
 interception for the win.
 Detroit  started  the game with  the ball and  converted a 3rd-and-9 as Joique
 Bell  took  a screen pass  23 yards.  After a Stafford  5-yard run that saw 15
 yards added to the play after an unnecessary roughness call on Baltimore, Nate
 Burleson  caught  a pass for 17  yards to the  Baltimore 14. The next snap saw
 Bush take the ball around the left end and into the end zone for a 7-0 lead.
 Following  a three-and-out from Baltimore, Detroit again crossed midfield, but
 Johnson dropped a pass while wide open on third down and the team had to punt.
 The  Ravens then  went on a 15-play  drive, moving the ball 81 yards before it
 stalled  at the 11  and Tucker hit a 29-yard field goal early in the second to
 get  the team on the board. A Dennis Pitta 9-yard catch on third down, and 25-
 yard grab from Torrey Smith highlighted the march.
 Two  possessions later,  the Ravens went on another scoring drive, coming away
 with  another three points  on a 24-yard field goal from Tucker for a 7-6 game
 with  2:32  to play.  A face mask  call and pass  interference call on Detroit
 during the drive gave the Ravens 39 yards.
 After  a short possession, Baltimore got the ball back at its own 15 with 1:20
 to  play and  Jones caught passes for 18  and 21 yards to quickly get the ball
 across  midfield.  An unnecessary roughness call  on the Lions got the ball in
 field  goal  position, and Tucker  booted a 32-yarder on  the last play of the
 half for a 9-7 lead.
 Baltimore  punted on  its first touch of  the second half, but a Stafford pass
 was tipped and DeAngelo Tyson came up with the ball for his first career INT.
 A  24-yard catch by Marlon Brown highlighted the seven-play, 42-yard drive and
 was  finished  off on a  49-yard field  goal from Tucker  for a 12-7 lead with
 eight minutes left in the third.
 Detroit came back with its best drive since its opening possession, with David
 Akers booting a 40-yarder to make it a 12-10 game with 1:49 left in the third.
 Johnson  caught  a 37-yard  pass on  the second  play to  move the ball across
 Later  in the fourth, Stafford had a pass attempt to Kris Durham picked off by
 Daryl Smith at the Detroit 34, leading to a 53-yard field goal from Tucker and
 a 15-10 lead with 8:06 left.
 The  Lions answered back  to take the lead, as Johnson caught passes of 21 and
 14  yards,  before Brandon  Pettigrew  caught  an  18-yard  pass down  to  the
 Baltimore  15. Three  plays later, Stafford hit Fauria for the score with 2:21
                                   Game Notes
 Detroit was without cornerbacks Chris Houston (toe) and Darius Slay (knee) ...
 Johnson  finished  the game with  six catches  for 98 yards,  and now has over
 5,000  receiving  yards over  the past  three years, the  first player to ever
 accomplish  the feat  ... Bush totaled 86  yards on 17 carries ... Rice had 12
 carries  for 56  yards ... Detroit hosts the Giants next week before finishing
 off the season in Minnesota.
 12/17 01:58:14 ET