The Ravens could have compelled a turnover on the finish of the primary quarter of their “Monday Night Football” sport in opposition to the Raiders. Nobody appeared to comprehend it.
Baltimore’s prime cornerback, Marlon Humphrey, was in protection on Darren Waller with 25 seconds left within the quarter. Humphrey did a great job of holding Waller from the ball and swatted it proper when it was going into his palms. It was a pleasant cross breakup and the incompletion arrange fourth down.
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However, it appeared as if the ball by no means hit the bottom after Humphrey knocked it down. Instead, it stayed on prime of Waller and Humphrey picked it up, which might have made it an interception.
Here’s a take a look at the play from each angles. It’s not proven in its entirety from the aspect — the most effective angle at which to see if the ball hit the bottom — however it actually seems that it did not.
Marlon Humphrey made the PBU vs Darren Waller and had the the interception in his hand however someway didn´t understand it.
The ESPN broadcast didn´t discuss this in any respect.
— René Bugner (@RNBWCV) September 14, 2021
Perhaps the ball hit the bottom and these angles simply do not display it. Nonetheless, it was an odd scenario and wasn’t addressed by ESPN’s broadcast sales space in any respect when it occurred.
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The Ravens nonetheless received the ball on the following play; A.J. Cole punted it again to Baltimore. However, the Ravens began their subsequent drive on their very own 20-yard line as a substitute of in Raiders territory, the place they might have begun the drive had Humphrey’s interception counted.
Of course, it’s additionally price noting that Humphrey did drop the ball quickly after getting up from the Waller sort out. Could the officers have dominated that he did not maintain the ball lengthy sufficient to make an interception? Maybe, however it’s inconceivable to know.
The Ravens determined to not problem the play and ended up going three-and-out on their subsequent collection. They gained simply three yards earlier than punting again to the Raiders.
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All advised, this play did not have a huge effect on the sport, however it took a possible scoring alternative away from the Ravens. That could have been sufficient to flip the end result and keep away from time beyond regulation.
That stated, Baltimore had loads of probabilities to win this sport, so this potential missed alternative is not why they misplaced. It’s simply unusual that the Ravens and Humphrey did not wish to take an additional take a look at the play in query.