Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham said Friday that the Baltimore Ravens should have been penalized one play before Justin Tucker made the game-winning 61-yard field goal with 38 seconds left in Baltimore's 18-16 victory on Monday night.
On third-and-10 from the Lions' 45-yard line, the Ravens called a shotgun handoff to Ray Rice that netted two yards and gave Tucker just enough room to make a career-long kick.
But Cunningham said Ravens left tackle Eugene Monroe was moving at the time of the snap, and the Ravens should have been penalized five yards, setting up a third-and-15.
Baltimore ran the play clock down after the short gain and, after a time-out, sent Tucker in for the kick.
"Yeah, the guy at left tackle was moving," Cunningham said when asked about the play. "It wasn't hard to see. I saw it from about 40 miles away in the press box. They didn't make the call, so we've got to live with it."
Three plays before the missed penalty, after another Monroe false start, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco completed a 27-yard pass to Jacoby Jones on third-and-15 that put the Ravens on the fringe of field goal territory.
Cunningham was rankled by his defense's coverage on that play.
"I talked to the guys on defense this morning, and we've got to finish the game out," Cunningham said. "Can't give up a play and let a guy in position and kick a 90-yard field goal, so we just got to keep doing what we do."
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