Justin Tucker's powerful leg kicked the Super Bowl champions into playoff gear.
Tucker made six field goals, including a franchise-record 61-yarder with 38 seconds left that lifted the Baltimore Ravens to an 18-16 win over the host Detroit Lions in a Monday night matchup with major postseason implications.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh chose to let Tucker try the longest kick of his career -- by 5 yards -- instead of going for it on fourth-and-8 from the Detroit 43.
"If they send me out there, they have reason to," Tucker said. "It's because they think I can make the kick."
Rookie safety Matt Elam sealed the victory with an interception -- Matthew Stafford's third of the night.
Stafford threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Joseph Fauria with 2:21 left, putting Detroit up 16-15. But the Lions were unable to make a 2-point conversion and couldn't prevent Baltimore from setting up its sensational kicker for his 33rd successful field goal in a row.
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.
"I definitely felt like I got a lot of leg into it, but it jumped up so high, I thought I might have gotten under it," Tucker said.
Said Harbaugh: "When we got the ball there, I think at the 45-yard line, I said, 'Hey, are we kicking this?' ... He said, 'I got it.' "
At 8-6, the Ravens remained tied with the Miami Dolphins and moved to within one game of the Cincinnati Bengals for first place in the AFC North.
Detroit (7-7) has hurt its playoff chances by losing four of its last five, falling out of sole possession of first place in the NFC North to third place behind the division-leading Chicago Bears and Green Bay.
"This is a setback, no question," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. "We had control and now we need help. We have to get two wins and let the rest shake out."
Redskins: Mike Shanahan said he has no plans to resign, then reminded everyone that he might not be back as Washington's coach.
He then cryptically offered a picture of the possible changes that might be in store if he does return. He dropped Gary Kubiak's name twice, stoking questions that there might be a new offensive coordinator. He also said that Robert Griffin III is "clearly" the starting quarterback but would welcome "legitimate competition" from Kirk Cousins.
A change at offensive coordinator had seemed improbable because Shanahan's son, Kyle Shanahan, holds that job.
Cowboys: Wide receiver Dez Bryant apologized for leaving the field before the clock ran out in Sunday's loss to Green Bay, explaining that he didn't want to be seen crying on the sideline.
Bryant left the bench area with 1:21 remaining as the Packers were running out the clock in a 37-36 victory, having rallied from a 26-3 halftime deficit.
"I was wrong," Bryant told reporters during a Monday morning visit to Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth. "It didn't have anything to do with my teammates. I just ... I couldn't watch Green Bay kneel the ball down on the field after a tough loss like that."
Bengals: Punter Kevin Huber not only suffered a broken jaw on a blindside block during a 68-yard touchdown return by the Pittsburgh Steelers' Antonio Brown in the first quarter Sunday night, but sources say he also suffered a cracked vertebra in his neck on the vicious hit from Terence Garvin.
Huber, who also is the team's holder for place kicks, will be placed on injured reserve.
Bears: Two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Tillman will miss the remainder of the season because of a torn right triceps. It's possible he has played his final game with Chicago given his expiring contract.
Dolphins: Guard Richie Incognito will remain on the NFL's suspended list with pay for the rest of the season, including the playoffs, a person familiar with the situation said.