Is it possible? Could the best and worst plays in NFL history really have happened during the same weekend of football? If you watched the Baltimore/San Diego game yesterday evening, you’re sure to know what I’m talking about. It was 4th-and-29 with about 1:20 left to play in the fourth, with the Chargers needing just one final stop to earn the 13-10 victory over the Ravens. Joe Flacco dropped back out of the shotgun set, and with no one breaking open down the field dumped the ball off to Ray Rice right at the line of scrimmage. The small-but-crafty running back made one man miss and two players fall on the right side of the field, and after meeting a wall of Charger tacklers darted to the left and used his speed to get outside against his pursuers. He was tackled right at the first down marker, and after further review it was determined that Rice did in fact pick up the first. It was an incredible effort on Rice’s part and a wise decision by Flacco: put the ball in your playmaker’s hands and let him do the rest. Give it a look if you missed the highlight:
Pretty remarkable, right (even despite the poor angling and tackling)? Watching the game, you would’ve never thought that Baltimore could convert. That’s what I thought, even watching the highlight a second time. The way they won this game is sure to give the Ravens momentum moving forward and reiterates how dangerous a force they still are in the AFC. One has to wonder: if they can overcome that kind of adversity without Ray Lewis, what can they accomplish with him? After all, he’ll be returning to the field just in time for the conclusion of the regular season. Come this postseason, we Pats fans certainly won’t rest easy if Baltimore is on our schedule.