Brent Urban has been waiting more than a year and a half to make his NFL debut. But even if he had dreamed about it through months and months of rehab, it's hard to imagine he could have envisioned the scenario that played out in Cleveland on Monday night.
"It's surreal after being out for this long," Urban said. "It's crazy. I'm speechless. It's just a wonderful feeling."
That's because it was the 6-foot-7 Urban, a defensive end by trade, who got his big right hand up and blocked a Browns 51-yard, potential game-winning field goal attempt on the final play of the game. Will Hill returned the kick 64 yards the other way for the game-winning touchdown and a stunning 33-27 Ravens win.
Urban, a fourth-round draft pick out of Virginia in 2014, missed his entire rookie season after suffering a knee injury early in camp. He figured to challenge Chris Canty for a spot on the defensive line this fall, but then early in training camp he was sidelined again, this time by a torn biceps. Urban was placed on injured reserve with the designated-to-return tag.
On Monday night, he returned all right, just days after officially being added to the 53-man roster.
"It's been a long two years, but for it to all culminate in that big play, it was a great feeling," a beaming Urban said.
"I wanted to drive out low and stick my hand up, and thankfully the play happened."
Urban said it was his surgically-repaired arm that blocked the kick, and was still wearing a brace on it during a post-game interview.
Urban, who said he had blocked a kick or two as a senior at Virginia, said, "I just stuck this arm in and felt it, and took off running."
It marked the fifth straight game the Ravens have blocked a kick, and once again, special teams was the star of the show, producing two touchdowns. Kaelin Clay had opened the scoring with an 82-yard punt return touchdown.
The Ravens have had their share of numbing losses this year. They have lost games in the closing minutes, they have lost in the closing seconds. They even lost a game that the officials later admitted they shouldn't have lost. And for the 11th time in 11 wacky games this season, the game was decided by eight points or less.
"It's great for a bounce to go our way at the end of a game," Urban said. "Things happened our way finally. We're ecstatic."