During Monday night’s improbable victory, the Ravens became the first NFL team to block a punt, field goal, or extra point in five consecutive games since the 1983 Falcons.
Simply put, the Ravens’ special teams have been special. Monday night, defensive end Brent Urban and safety Will Hill combined to make the game-winning play as time expired - a walk-off blocked field goal. Urban made the block on Travis Coons’ 51-yard field goal attempt, and Hill scooped up the loose ball and ran 64 yards for a 33-27 Ravens victory.
That wasn’t even the Ravens’ only touchdown on special teams Monday. Wide receiver Kaelin Clay opened the scoring with an 82-yard punt return that featured excellent downfield blocking, and Clay making the proper reads and cuts.
The Ravens’ prowess on special teams is a testimony to their coaches spotting weaknesses in opponents, and their players executing. Ravens coach John Harbaugh praised Ravens special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg following Monday’s win.
“To score two touchdowns on special teams, that’s an incredible thing,” Harbaugh said. “I don’t think you can say that’s something you plan on, to think you’re going to have five straight games with some kind of a kick block. Start with coach Rosburg and Chris Horton, our assistant special teams coach. They do an amazing job of coaching.
“Then go to the leadership in the (special teams) room, guys like (linebacker) Albert McClellan, (cornerback) Anthony Levine, and others, who do a great job in there of just taking that room and making it something that they’re proud of and believe in. We play hard on special teams.”
Harbaugh was a special teams coach for nine seasons with the Eagles, and that experience has also helped the Ravens. Many games are lost, or won, on special teams. The Ravens’ special teams made the difference Monday night.
“Five games in a row with a block,” Harbaugh said smiling. “Who ever heard of that?”