DETROIT — The defending Super Bowl champion Ravens moved a step closer toward having a shot at defending their title.
Justin Tucker had a lot to do with that.
Tucker's franchise-record 61-yard field goal with 38 seconds left, his sixth field goal of the night, lifted Baltimore to an 18-16 win over the Lions in a Monday night matchup with major playoff implications.
Ravens rookie safety Matt Elam, a former Gator, sealed the victory with an interception — Matthew Stafford's third of the night.
Stafford threw a 14-yard touchdown to Joseph Fauria with 2:21 left, putting Detroit up 16-15. But the Lions — after the Ravens called timeout to reset their defense — missed on the 2-point conversion and couldn't stop Baltimore from setting up its kicker to make his 33rd consecutive field goal.
Tucker's kick went just inside the right upright and barely had enough distance, eight days after Denver's Matt Prater broke the NFL record with a 64-yard field goal.
"Didn't get all of it, got enough of it," Tucker told ESPN's Michele Tafoya. "Just glad to get out of here with a victory at a time when the team needed one."
His final field goal was the longest in Ravens history. He also hit a 53-yarder in the fourth quarter.
Tucker, who hasn't missed a field goal since he was 0-for-2 in Week 2 at Cleveland, has the NFL's longest streak since Matt Stover made 36 in a row for the Ravens from 2005-06, according to STATS.
Baltimore hung onto the No. 6 seed in the AFC playoff race, tied with Miami. The Ravens own the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Dolphins. The result eliminated the Jets from playoff contention.
Meanwhile, Detroit has hurt its playoff chances by losing four of five, falling out of sole possession of first place in the NFC North to third place behind division-leading Chicago and second-place Green Bay.
The Ravens led 9-7 at halftime before Tucker connected from 49 yards in the third quarter. David Akers answered with a 40-yarder for Detroit later in the quarter.