Sunday’s game was one of the most stunning finishes in the history of Ravens football, but at the end of the day, the Ravens should have taken home the win.
Monday the NFL admitted it.
The Jags, as everyone knows, was given an extra play at the end of the game after the clock hit :00 due to a facemask penalty on Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil.
That extra play ended up being a 53-yard field goal by Jason Myers, which was good and gave the Jaguars the shocking win to send the reeling Ravens to 2-7 when they should be 3-6.
The mistake the NFL admitted to today would have made the facemask null and void. The league stated that the Jaguars should’ve been called for a false start on the play in which the penalty on Dumervil took place.
If the false start penalty would have been called correctly, the game would have been over.
Instead, since a game can’t end on a defensive penalty and the 15-yard facemask was called, the Jags got to move the ball to the 35 and kick the winning field goal.
“Inside of one minute remaining of either half, with the game clock running, when the offense is not set simultaneously prior to the snap, it’s a false start,” the NFL said in a statement. “This results in a 10-second runoff, which can only be avoided if a team has a timeout remaining.”
The play in which the penalty took place came with the Jags not having any timeouts, so the game would have been over if the right call was made.
“The correct call in this case would have been to penalize the offense for a false start because all 11 players were not set, and whistle to stop the play. The ensuing 10-second runoff should have ended the game,” the statement said.
While it shouldn’t have come down to that play and the Ravens should have just won the game, it stinks to think that a mistake by the NFL cost Baltimore a ‘W’ in the win column.