"I didn't play my best game by any means," Stafford said. "We're capable of playing much better than we did on offense. I thought our defense did a good job of holding them to field goals."
CRUCIAL PENALTIES: Two of Tucker's second-quarter field goals were set up by Detroit penalties. The biggest was a personal foul on safety Louis Delmas that turned what would have been a third-down incompletion into another chance for the Ravens.
Baltimore capitalized when Tucker's field goal on the last play of the half gave the Ravens a 9-7 lead.
The Lions caught a bad break in the second half, settling for a field goal after Stafford's incomplete pass to the end zone. A replay showed Detroit receiver Kris Durham had his arm held on the play by Lardarius Webb, but there was no penalty flag for pass interference.
WINNING DRIVE: All the Ravens really had to do was reach midfield to get close to Tucker's range, but even that seemed unlikely when Baltimore faced third-and-15 from its own 28.
Then Joe Flacco found Jacoby Jones for a 27-yard gain to give the Ravens new life.
ELAM'S LAST LAUGH: Matt Elam, Baltimore's rookie safety, caused a stir in the week leading up to the game by saying that Johnson "is pretty old."
Then he made a couple mistakes that helped Detroit score a touchdown early in the first quarter. First, Elam gave the Lions a first down with a personal foul penalty — he hit Stafford as the Detroit quarterback slid short of the marker on a third-down scramble. Then Elam missed badly on a tackle, allowing Nate Burleson to gain about 10 extra yards on a dump-off by Stafford.
But it was Elam who followed Tucker's 61-yard kick with the interception that helped the Ravens seal the game.
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