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Defining Moment of the Weekend: Browns @ Ravens

Posted by Chase Stuart on November 19, 2007

You guys know the drill by now. Here's the Samsung HDTV Defining Moment of the Weekend

It's probably no surprise what I thought was the defining moment this week. Please vote for that one, or submit your own.

The new Kardiac Kids in Cleveland pushed the envelope just a bit further this week. The Browns won a game on Sunday when they were losing with triple zeroes on the clock. Two weeks ago, Cleveland overcame an 18 point deficit against Seattle and won in overtime. Last week, kicker Phil Dawson fell short on a 52-yard attempt that would have tied the game in Pittsburgh. But on Sunday, Cleveland fans saw the Browns’ most exciting finish yet.

Brodney Pool’s 100-yard interception return for a score gave Cleveland a 27-14 lead in Baltimore, and a season sweep of the Ravens seemed inevitable. But four fourth quarter scores gave the Ravens a 30-27 lead with just 26 seconds remaining. Joshua Cribbs returned the ensuing kick to the Cleveland 43, and then two Derek Anderson completions put Cleveland on the Baltimore 33-yard line. Phil Dawson lined up for yet another game-tying, 50+ yard kick.

Dawson lined up on the left has hmark, and booted the ball high and to the right. As it reached the end zone, it began curving back towards the left, clanked off the left upright…and then bounced off the crossbar, before falling back towards the kicker into the end zone. The kick was ruled no good, the clock read 0:00, and the Ravens left the field and went to the locker room. But a closer view, perhaps on HD, would tell the viewer that the ball hit the curved center support behind the crossbar, meaning it went over the crossbar and through the uprights. By NFL rules, once the ball meets those criteria, the field goal is good, regardless of where the ball lands. The referees changed the call on the field after a discussion, and the Browns wound up winning in overtime on another Dawson kick. But his penultimate kick of the day was the defining moment of week 11 in the NFL.

For those not familiar with the Kardiac Kids (like one of my buddies in an earlier attempt to stuff the ballot box), here's a cool Wikipedia entry on them.

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