Sam Koch is a kick in the snow for Ravens

Sam Koch is a kick in the snow for Ravens
December 8, 2013, 6:15 pm

Harbaugh on wild win: "It's one we'll all remember"

(Associated Press)

After the Ravens somehow pulled out their wild 29-26 victory over the Vikings on Sunday, coach John Harbaugh talked about how much of a team win it looked like to him.

Why was that? Well, the Ravens got help from everywhere. Big plays like the Joe Flacco touchdown pass to Marlon Brown that won the game with four seconds left or Jacoby Jones' 77-yard kickoff return for a score with 76 seconds remaining. Or smaller things like that great blocking on the Jones TD and the other key plays. 

"How about all [of] what happened [today]," Harbaugh said. "I think that was just indicative of about the best team win a  team can have."

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But another smaller thing that most fans will miss might be the strong day punter Sam Koch turned in. He punted six times for an average of 54.7 yards per kick -- including a booming 69-yard blast in the first half during the middle of a snow/sleet storm that made seeing the field an adventure in itself.

The 69-yard kick, helped by a long bounce, was a season-high for Koch, who struggled for awhile during the early part of the season but has been faring better in recent weeks. His solid punting proved helpful to the Ravens on this day because field possession proved so crucial due to the rotten weather. 

The Vikings had 15 possessions, not counting when they got the ball back with four seconds left, and they could only start in Ravens' territory one time. Koch pinned them inside the 20 twice and had touchbacks twice, so four of his six kicks had Minnesota deep in its own territory. 

That's crucial on a day like this, where the field resembled an ice rink more than a football gridiron. These are the kind of stats that people often miss, but Koch's performance really helped the Ravens on a day when they needed whatever aid they could get.