DETROIT — The defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore 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 lifted Baltimore to an 18-16 win over the Detroit Lions in a Monday night matchup with major playoff implications.
Ravens 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 ahead, 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 sixth field goal of the game and 33d in a row. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.