Ravens notebook: Archbishop gives kicker Tucker a boost

By Les East

Advocate sportswriter

Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Ravens kicker Justin Tucker kicks a field goal in the first half of Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Ravens kicker Justin Tucker kicks a field goal in the first half of Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

The Baltimore Ravens had a powerful New Orleanian on their side for Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday.

New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Ayman told the Clarion-Herald newspaper in New Orleans that he confirmed Ravens place-kicker Justin Tucker in St. John Neumann Parish in Austin, Texas, when he lived there and he knows the Tucker family.

Ayman knows the family so well that Tucker’s parents — Dr. Paul Tucker, a cardiologist, and his wife Michelle — are staying at the Archbishop’s residence at Notre Dame Seminary in Mid-City.

The Tuckers’ two daughters are using the hotel reservation the family made before Ayman made his offer.

The archbishop performed the confirmation for all three Tucker children and as well as the parents’ renewal of their marriage vows on their 25th wedding anniversary five years ago.

Tucker had a chance to be a star when Baltimore coach John Harbaugh chose to fake a 32-yard field goal in the second quarter. On fourth-and-9, the Ravens snapped the ball directly to Tucker who ran around left end and had a chance to get the first down, but 49ers defender Darcel McBath leveled him a yard short of the first down.

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Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco threw three touchdown passes against the 49ers, giving him 11 in this postseason. That tied the NFL record shared by Joe Montana and Kurt Warner. Flacco did not throw an interception in any of the four playoff games this season.