Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tucker time

"Place kicker Justin Tucker #9 of the Baltimore Ravens is kissed on the head by teammate defensive tackle Arthur Jones #97 after Tucker kicked the game-winning field goal against the New England Patriots in the fourth quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland."

Sometimes the game doesn't go your way.  Plays happen everywhere you're not, referees continually block great images and when you're about to get the shot in front of you, it goes the other direction.

The first half of the Sunday Night Football game between the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens was going that way for me - not perfect. As the saying goes, the ball didn't bounce my way.

Luckily, we work to cover the games as a team at Getty Images, so lights-out photographer and all-around great guy, Rob Carr, took care of business of the action in front of him.

It's very much a mental game when nothing comes to your side of the field. But as time ticked off the clock late in the fourth quarter, it was looking like "Tucker Time."

With seconds left on the clock, Baltimore Ravens rookie place-kicker Justin Tucker booted a 27-yard field goal as time expired to give the Ravens a, 31-30, win in a rematch of the AFC championship game.

We covered the kick from behind and the side, and I took care of what I originally thought would be Ravens dejection (turned out to be jubilation), as Carr took the Pats walking off the field.

Sometimes the build up gets overshadowed by the end result - and as the final whistle sounds all you can do is look-back is knowing you gave it your best for the day.


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