Originally posted on Ravens Football Machine  |  Last updated 12/24/11
I saw a game decided by a hard-count offsides penalty on the defense in Seattle when the Seahawks induced the Eagles' DE Juqua Parker to jump on a 4th-and-1 play earlier this season. I didn't think I would ever see a play like that again in my lifetime.Wrong.The Cleveland Browns were in the midst of coming back and beating the Ravens late in the second half on Christmas Eve when Joe Flacco used his brain to beat them down. Phil Taylor, DT and rookie out of Baylor, took the bait on a classic hard-count bluff and jumped offsides on a 4th-and-2 play with only two minutes to go. The penalty gave the Ravens the first down and the game, as Cleveland was out of timeouts.You could visibly observe Cleveland head coach Pat Shurmur dying a little bit as the penalty was assessed.Ray Rice had a sensational day against the Browns defense... but it was almost eclipsed by the comeback efforts of Josh Cribbs, TE Evan Moore and RB Peyton Hillis... Joe Flacco threw two touchdown passes, and the Raven...
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