Justin Tucker named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for third time in ‘13

Justin Tucker’s record performance Monday night has earned him AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for the third time this season.

The second-year Ravens kicker set career and team records with six field goals and a 61-yard conversion in the 18-16 win over the Lions. Tucker accounted for all of Baltimore’s scoring in the victory.

He went 6-for-6 to improve to 35-for-37 this season, and has now made 33 field goals in a row since going 0-for-2 in Week 2. That is the longest active streak in the NFL.

Tucker’s 61-yarder couldn’t have come at a better time, as it proved to be the winner. He barely split the uprights with 38 seconds remaining for the longest field goal in Ravens history.

Baltimore is learning it can trust Tucker from anywhere, as he is now 6-for-7 on kicks of at least 50 yards and one of only two NFL kickers to convert a 60-yarder this season. Denver’s Matt Prater made an NFL-record 64-yarder on Dec. 8.

Tucker now leads the league with 35 field goals - three more than anyone else - and his conversion rate of 95 percent is tied for third with Prater. His six field goals from 50 yards and beyond are tied for the NFL lead.