Upshaw's hit nearly turned game around

Upshaw's hit nearly turned game around
December 9, 2012, 9:00 pm
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Ravens burned by Redskins' backups

One of the biggest frustrations for the Ravens in Sunday's 31-28 overtime loss to the Redskins was the fact that Baltimore missed on two golden scoring chances, big reasons for the team's second straight tough loss.

A tough break came later in the game. Ray Rice had just run for a touchdown that gave the Ravens a 28-20 lead with 4:47 left. On the ensuing kickoff, Baltimore rookie Courtney Upshaw delivered a crushing blow that separated Washington's Niles Paul from the ball, and Ravens' teammate David Reed appeared to recover at the Redskins 15, right by the sideline.

But the Replay Assistant challenged the ruling. Reed dove on the loose ball, but the replays did show that he was still not in complete possession of it when sliding out of bounds. That's why the play was overturned, and the Redskins regained possession at that spot. 

The biggest problem there is that if the ruling had gone the Ravens' way, they were in position for a field goal right away. However, that opportunity got lost when the ruling was overturned. 

That was the second missed opportunity in the second half. 

Early in the third quarter, the Ravens were holding on to a 21-17 lead and driving deep into Washington territory. Quarterback Joe Flacco tried to throw on a third-and-six from the Washington 11-yard line. Flacco was hit by Ryan Kerrigan, and the ball wobbled right to London Fletcher of the Redskins at the 13-yard line. 

Those two missed chances could have likely given the Ravens anywhere from six to 14 points and taken all of the drama out of the final five minutes and overtime. However, in the end, those two wasted opportunities hurt the Ravens badly and opened the door for Washington just enough to rally for a big win.