Ravens blew the chance to set record

Observations

October 11, 2005|By ROB HIAASEN | ROB HIAASEN,SUN REPORTER

Despite their best efforts, the Ravens on Sunday failed to break the NFL record for most penalties in a game.

Players and coaches are spending this week poring over game film to see just where the breakdowns occurred that left the team with only a disappointing tie for the second-most penalties ever called. It now appears the team didn't catch a break from the officiating crew.

Further review of the Baltimore-Detroit game reveals officials blew several calls that would have guaranteed the Ravens a place in NFL history. In fact, the team would have easily shattered the record of 22 penalties.

Here is the quarter-by-quarter tally of missed calls:

1ST QUARTER

Delay of game, Baltimore: Ravens clearly didn't show up until the second quarter.

Too many vowels on the field, Defensive lineman Maake Kemoeatu

2ND QUARTER

Holding, Linebacker Ray Lewis: Applied "sleeper" hold on Detroit Lions back Kevin Jones, who woke up very angry.

Unsportsmanlike conduct, Defensive back Chris McAlister: Again, threw ball at a receiver after an interception, but officials waved off the penalty after ruling it was actually a fumble.

3RD QUARTER

Impersonal foul, Coach Brian Billick: Jettisoning his headset, head coach was clearly seen mouthing compound profanities.

Tripping, roughing passer, pile-driving passer, bumping passer "with malice," disqualification, double-secret disqualification, Linebacker Terrell Suggs: Just a really emotional play the refs somehow missed.

4TH QUARTER

False start: The 2005 Baltimore Ravens

rob.hiaasen@baltsun.com

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