“Sunday Night time Soccer” isn’t any stranger to a number of the week’s largest moments. Within the first quarter of an AFC North conflict between the Browns and Ravens, it delivered probably the most weird.
The Ravens thought that they had picked up a primary down on a pretend punt, however the official dominated they snapped the ball earlier than it was prepared. They then tried to run a play to transform on the fourth down, however the Browns had too many gamers on the sphere and known as a timeout. Following the timeout, the Ravens went to run a play once more, and this time, acquired the primary down as a result of the Browns once more despatched 12 gamers onto the sphere, and this time had been unaware.
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Baltimore started its drive from its personal 25 with 4:02 left within the first, however wasn’t in a position to transfer up far sufficient, as an alternative seeming to finish its drive at its personal 33-yard line. Nonetheless, as an alternative of punting, that they had a direct snap to Anthony Levine, who rushed forward and appeared to have the primary down.
However the officers dominated that the play went off earlier than the ball was set.
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Resolute to attempt for it on fourth down, the Ravens despatched the offense again out and began to run a play, however a whistle and a flag got here out. The Browns had been reshufflling making an attempt to maneuver the protection again out and the particular groups unit out, and, in response to the officers, known as a timeout earlier than the play went off.
However then, even in spite of everything that, the Browns once more despatched 12 males onto the sphere. As quickly because the Ravens started to run their play, the flag got here out, the Browns had been assessed the penalty and the Ravens had been granted the primary down. They ended their drive with a discipline objective with 28 seconds left within the first quarter to take a 3-0 lead.
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To make issues worse, the Browns had a penalty on the following kickoff after they solely had 10 gamers on the sphere for the return, and the eleventh didn’t enter the right zone. The Ravens declined the penalty.