Justin Tucker doesn’t miss many field goals. That’s kind of his thing.

So on Sunday against the Chargers, when the Baltimore kicker missed two lengthy field goals in what ended up a 22-10 Ravens win, eyebrows were raised.

Now, the Ravens are raising suspicions about the balls that were used in the game.

Though both teams had the opportunity to test the balls during pregame warmups, the Ravens maintained something changed between warmups and game time.

“[The balls] were just different,” Tucker told the Baltimore Sun on Thursday. “The result of that hour or whatever it was from this last pregame [warmup], none of the footballs were very good, and it was no fault of our equipment staff by any means. It was just what it was.”

Perhaps only Tucker, the NFL’s all-time leader in field-goal percentage at 89.96 percent, could meaningfully ask questions about the condition of footballs after missing a 53-yard try and a record-setting 65-yarder. He also made a 56-yarder in the game and hit two others from shorter distances.

Ravens special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg also thought something was amiss with the equipment in play.

“In that particular situation, even though you’re in Southern California and it never rains in Southern California, the field was such that it really was not a great plant area and the footballs were different,” Rosburg said. “Let’s leave it at that.”

That vague “Let’s leave it at that” will likely be just enough to get inquiring minds wondering about a potential Deflategate Redux or other scandal, and Tucker was similarly cryptic when asked if he thought the balls were either over- or underinflated.

“I don’t care to get too deeply into the specifics of it because at the end of the day, that can be misconstrued as an excuse when really all I would be trying to do is offer an explanation,” Tucker said. “So I’ll just echo what Coach Rosburg had to say in that the balls were just different than what we’re used to experiencing on your typical NFL Sunday.”

With the Ravens having won anyway, the incident is unlikely to inspire much sympathy or worry, but when the most precise field goal kicker in history speaks, the NFL might want to listen.

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