For once, helmet crash didn't hurt Ravens

For once, helmet crash didn't hurt Ravens
January 21, 2013, 11:00 pm
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This is bound to be one of the prop bets for the Super Bowl: personal fouls called on the Ravens for helmet-to-helmet contact or hits on a defenseless receiver, over/under set at 1 1/2.

You just know the Ravens are going to draw at least one of those penalties. It happens every game. It happened Sunday.

And if you’re honest, Mr. or Ms. Ravens Fan, when you saw Bernard Pollard collide with Patriots running back Stevan Ridley in the fourth quarter, forcing a key fumble, you kept looking for the flag on Pollard and were shocked when it didn’t come. There was tremendous helmet-to-helmet contact on the play. On replay, it appeared that Ridley actually initiated the coconut crash, but, more often than not, that doesn’t matter. The play looked like so many others this season where the Ravens have drawn the flag.

Why not this time? Who knows? The NFL’s officials still aren’t anywhere near consistent on this call.

Except for consistently calling it against the Ravens. Bet the over.