It was a slightly unusual sight prior to rookie kicker
Following the first overtime of the
"Usually at the change of the quarter, you don't see people run out there and kick the ball, but we figured, 'Nobody has told us not to before so we'll go hit one,'" Tucker said. "I'm glad we did because it is different kicking on the sideline where the grass is green and plush and it's all good, as opposed to on the field, where it was straight mud at a certain point."
"The officials make sure the players are off the field and not delaying the next snap," Signora wrote in an email. "But they do not call a penalty, as long as there is no delay of game. With no delay of game, there is no penalty."
Former NFL vice president of officiating Mike Pereira, who now works for FOX Sports, wrote the following explanation via his Twitter account: "Final note. Officials are told not to allow a practice kick on the field. If it happens, they're to tell him to get off the field. No penalty."
"That's pretty standard for us," Harbaugh said. "We always do that. You go out there and try to get a feel for the wind if you have a chance in between quarters and two-minute warnings."
The Ravens lost the AFC championship game last year to the
Tucker said he was glad that he was able to switch fields and kick toward the south end zone following the first overtime.
"That was pretty convenient," said Tucker, who made 67-yard field goals during warm-ups. "We were able to get a slight tailwind behind us. So, I'm really able to attack the ball and hit it straight instead of worrying about anything else. It was pretty nice to have the slight tailwind."
Since installing the strong-legged, accurate Tucker, field goals are no longer an adventure in anxiety.
Tucker connected on 30 of 33 field goals during the regular season, scoring 132 points as he converted all 42 extra points.
"I always feel good about going out on the field," Tucker said. "Not a lot of people get to do this. This is a heck of a lot of fun. More than anything, I try to cherish every opportunity I get, and more than anything, trust our routine."