BALTIMORE – The Calvin Johnson rule has caused heartache for many teams over the past two seasons. On Sunday, it was the Bengals turn to be bitten by one of the more head scratching rules in the NFL books.
With 5 minutes, 43 seconds remaining in the game, Jermaine Gresham appeared to have a 9-yard touchdown from Andy Dalton to bring the Bengals within a field goal. Gresham beat Ravens cornerback Cary Williams in single coverage near the left sideline, caught it at the Ravens 3, bobbled it but hauled it back in at the 1 as he crossed the plane.
Since all scoring plays are reviewed by instant replay this year, officials looked at it for over two minutes before they overturned it, ruling that Gresham did not hold possession all the way to the ground. The play, which came on 3rd-and-2, was reversed and the Bengals had to settle for a Mike Nugent 27-yard field goal to cut the margin to seven.
The four-point swing ended up being huge. After the Ravens were forced to punt at midfield on th...