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Intentional holding at game's end helps Ravens hang on to victory over Bengals

Intentional holding at game's end helps Ravens hang on to victory over Bengals

BALTIMORE – The final play of Sunday’s Ravens-Bengals game was weird. But for the Ravens, it was all planned.

It was the perfect time to take an intentional safety. It was the perfect time for the Ravens to grab every Bengals player in sight, and not worry about being called for holding.

So that’s what the Ravens did. Clinging to a 19-12 lead on fourth down with 11 seconds to play, Ravens punter Sam Koch went into punt formation from the Ravens’ 23-yard line. But Koch never punted. He drifted backward, killing time. Meanwhile, the Ravens blatantly held the Bengals, keeping them away from Koch, and giving him more time to kill the clock.

Flags flew everywhere, before Koch ran out of bounds in the end zone as time expired. The Ravens gave up a safety, but got exactly what they wanted. Time expired. Game over. Ravens win, 19-14.

Watching a team commit multiple holding penalties to end a game is probably not a look the NFL wants. But until that loophole in the rule is changed, the Ravens will clearly take advantage. They employed the same holding strategy at the end of Super Bowl XLVII four seasons ago, when they were protecting a late lead against the 49ers and took an intentional safety.  

After Sunday’s game, Ravens coach John Harbaugh was thrilled to see his players hold so effectively.

“That was the best safety ever taken, and what I meant was that it was the best executed safety ever taken because we kept him (Koch) clean the whole time,” Harbaugh said. “Siz (linebacker Terrell Suggs) says that nothing can top the Super Bowl safety.

“I thought our guys did a great job…Everybody did a great job of communicating. They were moving and shifting like they are well-coached to do. Our guys got on all of their guys and did a great job.”

Former NFL referee and current FOX analyst Mike Pereira sent out a tweet explaining why the Ravens were not required to run another play.

“In Baltimore, foul that occurs in the field of play by offense doesn’t extend period,” Pereira tweeted. “If foul was in end zone & created safety, it would.”

Koch said the Ravens were prepared for the situation, and did a better job than in the Super Bowl, where they still left a few seconds on the clock after the safety.

“We know what we did wrong in the Super Bowl and we kind of learned from it,” Koch said. “Even though it might only happen once or twice in four years, it’s something that we practice yearly.”  

And by holding the Bengals, the Ravens held on for the win.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: 20 prospects linked to Baltimore at No. 22

Baltimore Ravens Roundup: 20 prospects linked to Baltimore at No. 22

We've made in to NFL draft week. Here's the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. The 2019 NFL Draft is Thursday night in Nashville, Tn. While the chances of pundits predicting each team's first-round pick accurately is about the same as picking the Powerball numbers, we can't seem to stop ourselves from looking at them. Here's a look at 20 prospects mocked to the Ravens at No. 22, courtesy of the Ravens' website.  


2. One of the many exciting parts of the NFL draft is waiting to hear which organizations trade forward or backwards to acquire a pick. Just last year, the Ravens traded back from their No. 16 pick several times to select Hayden Hurst at No. 25, before trading back into the first-round to pick Lamar Jackson at No. 32. But which trade in Ravens history was the most impactful? ESPN's Jamison Hensley selected the Ravens' trade for running back Jamal Lewis.


"In 1999, the Ravens traded their second-round pick (No. 43) for Atlanta's first-round pick in 2000, which they used to land running back Jamal Lewis," Hensley wrote. "The Falcons selected tight end Reggie Kelly, and the Ravens got what turned into the No. 5 overall pick in the 2000 draft. Baltimore drafted Lewis, who carried the offense during the team's 2000 Super Bowl championship season and recorded the NFL's fifth 2,000-yard season in 2003."


3. As Marlon Humphrey enters his third year in the league, the cornerback will not only be expected to take on a leadership role within the Ravens' new look defense, but top his impressive sophomore season. In 2018, Humphrey contested 35% of targets thrown into his coverage marking the second-best rate in all the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus. 


Looking Ahead:

April 25-27: 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tn.

May 3-6 or May 10-13: Potential three-day rookie mini camp

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get long-term deal done with designated franchise tag player

The 2019 NFL schedule is set!  See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Steve Bisciotti donates $100,000 to rebuilding historically black churches

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Steve Bisciotti donates $100,000 to rebuilding historically black churches

One more week of the NFL offseason in the books. Here's the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

Player/Team Notes:

1. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti donated $100,000 to help rebuilding efforts for three historically black churches in the Louisiana area that recently burned down by an alleged arsonists. An effort led by former tight end Benjamin Watson, Bisciotti reached out to him Sunday committing his donation. 

2. The GOAT gene has transferred from Justin Tucker to his son, Easton. The kicker posted a video on his Instagram Thursday of the little guy kicking a (mini) field goal right down the middle, just like his dad. 

Looking Ahead:

April 19: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets

April 25-27: 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tn.

May 3-6 or May 10-13: Potential three-day rookie mini camp

The 2019 NFL schedule is set!  See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

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