Questionable holding call helped Bengals nail down victory

Questionable holding call helped Bengals nail down victory

Questionable holding call helped Bengals nail down victory

Posted by Mike Florio on September 14, 2018, 1:13 PM EDT

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As the Ravens tried to mount an unlikely comeback against the Bengals on Friday night after landing in a 21-point hole twice in the first half, the margin had reduced to five — and the momentum favored the Ravens.

And so the play of the game arrived with 8:08 to play, the home team leading 28-23, and the Bengals facing third and two on their on 33. Bengals receiver Tavon Young, lined up in the right slot, ran a short crossing route. Ravens defensive back Tavon Young broke up the pass, putting Baltimore in position to try to take the lead with plenty of time left.

But wait. A yellow flag landed on the field. The officials called Young for holding.

And while Young indeed had a right hand on Boyd’s waist, Young didn’t impede Boyd’s ability to run across the field. Instead, Young’s hand simply was placed in a spot that would have been conducive to holding, if Young had used his hand to slow down Boyd.

Making the call even more questionable was the circumstance. Sure, a foul is supposed to always be a foul no matter the margin or remaining time. But flags often get nudged a little deeper in key moments, and in this specific case it would have given extra reason to not call a penalty.

The first down kept Cincinnati’s drive alive, chewing up clock and leading to a field goal that pushed the margin back to eight points, and in turn setting the stage for a last-gasp effort from the Ravens to potentially force overtime. Bengals defensive back Shawn Williams got to Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco before Flacco could uncork a throw that coach John Harbaugh said after the game could have resulted in a long touchdown, the Bengals recovered, and that was that.

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via ProFootballTalk

September 14, 2018 at 10:15AM


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