Fourth-and-26 is the commonly used name for a famous play on Sunday, January 11, 2004. During the play, Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb found wide receiver Freddie Mitchell behind the Packers defense to convert on the huge yardage. The Eagles forced overtime and eventually won.
Sunday, the Ravens and Ray Rice one-upped that play on an incredible 4th-and-29 conversion.
Things looked dreary for the Ravens offense with the clock ticking down under the two-minute warning with one timeout left and the first-down marker just under a mile away. However, Raynell Maurice Rice had other ideas.
Like most people, I was looking for the remote after Joe Flacco dumped the ball off to Rice about 25 yards short of the first down, but the Rutgers product took off, leaving San Diego defenders in his dust.
Three Chargers missed him at the 50 before Quentin Jammer and Antoine Cason finally brought him down. Rice and his 5'8" frame willed the ball past the first-down marker, and a huge block from Anquan Boldin didn't hurt either.
This is about bonehead plays though, so for how brilliant Rice was, the Chargers defense was equally disastrous.
Bad teams find a way to lose. Uninspired teams find a way to lose. The Chargers are both of those things.
The win against the Ravens would have been the Chargers' landmark victory of the season, and it would've allowed them to maintain their outside shot of making the postseason. Now, the team will have to replay the the longest fourth-down conversion in over a decade as they ponder the loss.