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Lions lose control of playoff destiny after 18-16 loss to Ravens

11:57 PM, Dec 16, 2013   |    comments
Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker (9) celebrates his game winning field goal with punter Sam Koch (4) and tight end Ed Dickson (84) during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Ravens won 18-16.(Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sport)
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DETROIT (AP) - Justin Tucker's career-long 61-yard field goal with 38 seconds left lifted the Baltimore Ravens to an 18-16 win over the Detroit Lions in a Monday night matchup with major playoff implications.

Ravens rookie safety Matt Elam sealed the victory with an interception - Matthew Stafford's third of the night. Stafford threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Joseph Fauria with 2:21 left, putting Detroit ahead 16-15. 

But the Lions were unable to make a 2-point conversion and couldn't prevent Baltimore from setting up its sensational kicker for his sixth field goal of the game and 33rd in a row.

The defending Super Bowl champion Ravens (8-6) are in control of an AFC wild card following their fourth straight win.

Detroit (7-7) has hurt its playoff chances by losing four of its last five.

The Lions started the weekend in a first-place tie in the NFC North, but dropped to third behind the Bears and Packers with the loss.

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