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

Thomas DuffyFeatured ColumnistNovember 27, 2016

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.