Justin Tucker’s game-winning field goal in the second overtime of the Ravens’ amazing 38-35 win over the Denver Broncos will go down as one of the biggest kicks in NFL playoff history.
Not just because he drilled a strike from 47 yards out on an impossibly cold night in Denver in an impossibly unlikely victory — but also because of some astute gamesmanship on the rookie’s part. Tucker jumped on the field between the overtime periods and took a practice whack shortly before attempting his game-winner.
Arizona Cardinal kicker Jay Feely, an 11-year veteran, tweeted immediately afterwards that it’s actually “against the NFL rules to kick a practice ball in overtime on the field.”
Feely adds that he had refs tell him that twice this year
However, it’s up to the referees to chase the kicker, Tucker, in this case, off the field. It's also really more of a gray area — and a non-punishable offense — akin to Colorado’s new...