Baltimore Ravens beat Cincinnati Bengals improve Super Bowl Odds
November 28, 2016
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is a genius for his knowledge of the NFL rules. If you watched how the Baltimore Ravens beat the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday then you know exactly what I am talking about.
The Ravens led 19-12 over the Bengals and with 11 seconds left on fourth down from their own 23-yard line. Harbaugh, the former special-teams coordinator, wanted to make sure there would not be a blocked punt or a long punt return by the Bengals and he took advantage of a rule to prevent that from happening. Back in punt formation, punter Sam Koch took the snap and started drifting backward as the Bengals rushed for an all-on block attempt. What did the Ravens do? They held every player on the field who could be held.
Holding is not a dead-ball foul, and there is no untimed down after the penalty. Koch floated in the end zone until the clock hit zero. Unlike a defensive penalty, the game can end right there. Final score: Ravens 19, Bengals 14.
Fox’s Mike Pereira, the former head of NFL officials, explains the rule even further:
In Baltimore, foul that occurs in the field of play by offense doesn't extend the period. If foul was in end zone & created safety, it would
What a brilliant way to ensure the Ravens’ sixth victory of the season and keep them in the AFC North race. That’s knowing the rules.
The Ravens basically won the game on special teams Sunday, with four more field goals — three from 50-plus yards — from 2016 team MVP Justin Tucker.
In the first half alone, Tucker tied an NFL record with three field goals of 50 yards or longer in a single game. He’s the ninth kicker in league history to reach that mark, and the first to do so in a single half since the Cleveland Browns’ Phil Dawson in 2012.
Tucker’s kicks were from 52, 57 and 54 yards. The final one came in the waning seconds of the first half to give the Ravens a 16-3 lead, and it might have been good from 70 yards. Watch Tucker’s reaction to the make.
Tucker added a 36-yard field goal in the fourth quarter for Baltimore’s lone score in the second half. That’s 34 straight FG makes for Tucker, who all of a sudden finds himself 10 behind tying Adam Vinatieri’s recently established all-time mark of 44 straight.
With the way the Baltimore Ravens are playing it’s shocking they are still +3,300 to win the Super Bowl odds, +1,600 to win the AFC Championship and +180 to win the AFC North Division. Follow link to see all current NFL Super Bowl Odds.
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