18 Best Internet Reactions To Ravens’ Jaw-Dropping Win
**It was supposed to be a dud – the game that tested your love of football.
Instead the Ravens and Browns, two teams that combined for the third lowest winning percentage ever for a Monday night matchup at least 10 games into the season, shocked the nation with a jaw-dropping finish.
When defensive tackle Brent Urban and safety Will Hill combined for a “kick-six,” the Ravens became the second team in NFL history with a "walk-off" blocked field goal return for a touchdown (Chargers at Broncos on Nov. 17, 1985), according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Meanwhile, the Browns clinched their eighth straight losing season and the factory of sadness continues in Cleveland.
Here are the 18 best internet reactions to the wild finish:
Did Refs Miss Penalty That Would Have Nullified Kick-Six?
The Ravens are accustomed to playing in close games as the first team in league history with its first 11 games decided by eight points or less.
What they’re not accustomed to is being on the fortunate side of what may have been a huge blown call by the officials (aka the Jacksonville loss).
In the Vine video below, safety Anthony Levine Jr. appeared to be lined up offsides prior to the snap and ensuing blocked kick by Urban. Levine jumped early, but was able to get back before being flagged with encroachment. The problem is it looks like his hand was lined up in front of the neutral zone.
“Levine did not have an impact on the play and Urban would have blocked the kick whether Levine had lined up onside or not,” wrote SB Nation’s Mark Sandritter. “Even still, it's pretty obvious he should have been flagged for being in the neutral zone.”
It’s also possible that Hill stepped out of bounds on the ensuing return for the game-winning touchdown. The picture below, however, doesn’t give a very good angle and isn’t very clear.
It will be interesting to hear what, if anything, the league says about Levine potentially lining up in the neutral zone. If the NFL says it should have been flagged, the Browns would have had another shot at a field goal, this time from 46 yards out.
There’s no guarantee that Cleveland would have won in that situation– like the Ravens would have absolutely won the game against the Jaguars had the refs correctly called a false start at the end of the game – but something tells me it wouldn’t sting any less for Browns fans.
Luke Jones Needs To Buy A Lottery Ticket
I don’t like to gamble, but if I took Luke Jones with me to buy a lottery ticket today, I’m not sure I could consider it gambling.
The Ravens beat reporter for WNST is being called a “wizard” for predicting one of the craziest endings to a football game that you’re ever going to see.
Yes, he wrote this tweet before Urban’s improbable blocked field goal and Hill’s walk-off touchdown.
Dang! Tucker Can Tackle Too
Add another talent to Justin Tucker’s loooong list.
The man who can sing opera in seven different languages can also deliver a mean hit. Browns return man Justin Gilbert actually left the game with a concussion after Tucker’s tackle and did not return.
Harbaugh One Gutsy Dude On Fourth Down
The Ravens have now converted a league-high six first downs on fourth- and-1 this season, according to ESPN Stats and Info. Their conversation percentage (85.7) is very high too, as they’ve done that on seven attempts.
Harbaugh was 2-for-2 on fourth down Monday night, even though not everyone agreed with his decisions, especially when the offense went for it from their own 25. The two conversions led to a combined 10 crucial points.
Given how successful the Ravens have been 1 yard out, it should surprise nobody going forward when, not if, Harbaugh bets on his offense again on fourth down.
Clay Makes Impact Immediate Impact, Confuses Ravens Nation
I appreciate Jason La Canfora’s honesty.
After Kaelin Clay returned a punt for an 82-yard touchdown in the first quarter, the respected CBS Sports reporter admitted what everyone else was thinking. Who the heck is Clay?
It’s understandable. This was just Clay’s second game with the Ravens, who picked up the rookie from the Detroit Lions’ practice squad. His first career touchdown came on his fourth career punt return.
Ryan Mink will have a story later today detailing exactly who Clay is, but you can bet he’ll be remembered by Ravens Nation going forward. After all, the Ravens have cycled through four punt returners this season, and they added Clay after Jeremy Ross fumbled twice in three games.
Clay showed off his speed (ran a 4.51-second 40 at the NFL Combine) while putting up the fifth-longest punt return in Ravens history.