Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/21/13
A key play in Sunday's AFC Championship Game cost the New England Patriots both the ball and the services of running back Stevan Ridley. Ridley was ruled to have fumbled after a helmet-to-helmet collision with Ravens safety Bernard Pollard early in the fourth quarter, and Baltimore's Arthur Jones came away with the ball. Ridley was on the ground for more than a minute, as he apparently was knocked out. He eventually walked off the field on his own, though he didn't return to action. The fumble was upheld after a challenge by the replay official. Ridley lowered his head and appeared to initiate the contact. As he was going to the ground, his right knee knocked the ball from his hands. It was a very close call whether his backside or his calf hit the ground before the ball came loose. Referee Bill Leavy told a pool reporter: "What I saw was the receiver was going to the ground, had both legs off the ground, no body part was on the ground. The ball hit his knee and dislodged ...
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