The Ravens are the only team in NFL history whose first 11 games have been decided by eight points or less. It has been a crazy season, and Monday night’s 33-27 victory over the Browns may have been the craziest.
For the first time in team history, the Ravens won on a walk-off blocked field goal that was returned for a touchdown. Defensive end Brent Urban made the block, while safety Will Hill made the 64-yard return. Here are some of the emotional roller-coaster moments during the final three minutes:
- Leading 27-20, the Ravens’ secondary made a huge mistake, allowing wide receiver Travis Benjamin to get wide open behind the defense on a post pattern
Backup quarterback Austin Davis hit Benjamin in stride for a 42-yard touchdown, and the score was tied, 27-27, with 2:33 left.Davis was only in the game because Browns starter Josh McCown had left with a shoulder injury. In that situation, for the Ravens to give up such a big play to an inexperienced quarterback was crushing.
- With 56 seconds to play, Ravens quarterback Matt Schaub threw his second interception of the game, underthrowing Kamar Aiken.
Browns cornerback Tramon Williams broke in front of Aiken and made the interception, giving the Browns’ possession at the Ravens’ 46-yard line. Schaub set an NFL record in 2013 for throwing a pick-six in four consecutive games, and it appeared this latest mistake might cost the Ravens a victory.
- With three seconds to play, after the Browns moved to the Ravens’ 33-yard line, Travis Coons’ 51-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Urban and scooped up by Hill, who went the distance with 0:00 on the clock.
For Hill, it was redemption, because he was caught out of position on Benjamin’s touchdown. And for the Ravens (4-7), it continued a historically thrilling season that has been disappointing record-wise, but never boring.
Who said a Ravens-Browns Monday night game would be boring? The Ravens’ next game is Sunday on the road against Miami. If you have high blood pressure, maybe you shouldn’t watch.