The NFL has determined that Ravens defensive back Anthony Levine was not lined up in the neutral zone on the game-winning play Monday night, according to Pro Football Talk. The league has also determined that safety Will Hill did not step out of bounds on the game-winning 64-yard return following Brent Urban’s block.
League spokesman Michael Signora issued a statement to PFT on Tuesday, saying the video taken by SB Nation that showed Levine apparently in the neutral zone was deceiving.
“The ball was spotted at the 33 ½ yard line for the kick,” Signora told PFT via email. “The center moves the ball up slightly to get in position for the snap. The black line you see, which television uses to denote the line of scrimmage, appears to be at the 33, not the 33 ½. So when the ball is snapped, the defensive player is not at the 33 ½ and he appears to be in a legal position.”
The Ravens (4-7) haven’t gotten many breaks this season, and apparently they didn’t need one to beat the Browns. According to the NFL, Levine was lined up legally, and Hill stayed inbounds. Meanwhile, the snake-bitten Browns (2-9) remain alone in the AFC North basement, trying to handle another gut-wrenching loss.