Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Intentional Holding

Today I learned that the Baltimore Ravens offensive line blatantly held the 49ers defenders during the play where the Ravens punter took a safety. They did that because the penalty for holding in the end zone is a...safety. No matter what happens the time runs off the clock and they give the ball over to the 49ers. Committing the holding penalty doesn't hurt the Ravens. In fact since it extends the play, breaking the rules helps them in this situation.

What is interesting is that before I read this blog post by Joe Posnanski I was unaware that this had taken place. Watch the replay below and check out how the Ravens players are wrestling the 49ers rushers. It's comical. You can view the play here.

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