Ravens Hold Bengals While Punter Keeps Ball and Takes Safety to End Game

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The Baltimore Ravens ended Sunday's win over the Cincinnati Bengals in peculiar fashion.

On 4th-and-8 from their own 23-yard line with 11 seconds left, the Ravens preserved their 19-12 lead by having punter Sam Koch hold on to the ball until time expired. Then, he stepped out of bounds in the back of the end zone for a safety.

While Koch milked the clock, Baltimore did whatever it could to stave off the Bengals—which included drawing a fair amount of holding penalties.

Because the play ended in a safety, though, that was it. The game was over.

Former NFL vice president of officiating Mike Pereira explained:

The Ravens won 19-14.


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