Ravens run out clock by holding every, single Bengals player [VIDEO]

ravens-holding-every-bengals-playerIt was pure genius.

The Baltimore Ravens were up six points against the Cincinnati Bengals with the clock winding down in the fourth quarter. Baltimore was on its own 23-yard-line and facing fourth down with 11 seconds left in the game.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh had a trick up his sleeve, though.

“Hold everyone and run the clock out.”

No, really, that was it. Harbaugh had all of his offensive linemen hold their opponents while punter Sam Koch danced around in the end zone until time ran out.

If you look closely, one Ravens player even seems to have a defender in a sleeper hold.

Why does this play work? Larry Brown Sports explains:

Straight from the NFL rulebook, there is no replayed, untimed down on an offensive foul on the final play of a half or game. The officials explained on the field after the play that there would be no replay of the down, thus counting the safety against Baltimore and ending the game.

If it looked a little familiar, it’s because the Ravens ran this same exact play during Super Bowl XLVII.

Genius.

Ray Lewis criticizes Joe Flacco: ‘lacks passion for football’ [VIDEO]

UPDATE: Ray Lewis has apologized to Joe Flacco. View his apology below…

Original story below…

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ray-lewisWhen Ray Lewis played the game, there was little doubt that he had a burning passion for it.

When it comes to one of his former quarterbacks, however, Lewis wouldn’t exactly say the same.

On Thursday, Lewis criticized Joe Flacco, saying that the current Baltimore Ravens quarterback lacks passion for the game.

“Gifted? Absolutely. Passionate about what he do? I’ve never seen that,” the former linebacker told Fox Sports. “I don’t know what that looks like.”

Flacco and Lewis spent five seasons together playing for Baltimore.

“I don’t know how many times you’ll hear somebody just really go out on a limb to defend he’s the greatest teammate I’ve ever had,” Lewis added. “I don’t know how many times you’ll hear that. Maybe it’s because his personality just isn’t that personality. He’s not a rah-rah guy. He won’t say much. But, in the game of football, there has to be some burning fire behind you.”

Lewis has always maintained that Flacco needs to be more vocal, a criticism that the Ravens QB has downplayed.

Back in 2013, Flacco took a jab at Lewis’ inspirational pregame speeches.

“I love Ray, and I love how he always spoke from the heart, but if you listened to those speeches, a lot of them didn’t even make sense,” Flacco said. “He meant everything he was saying, but I didn’t know what he was talking about 90 percent of the time.”

The Ravens (5-4) take on the Dallas Cowboys (8-1) this Sunday.

Joe Flacco, Ravens do Mannequin Challenge [VIDEO]

joe-flacco-mannequin-challengeFirst there was planking, then came the Harlem Shake, then came Tebowing, and now….the Mannequin Challenge.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you’ve probably seen groups of celebrities and athletes trying to hold still for as long as they can in the latest craze to sweep the web.

During Thursday night’s game between the Ravens and Cleveland Browns, the Baltimore decided to get in on the act.

From BaltimoreRavens.com:

The Ravens quarterback froze his go-to fist pump celebration after throwing a 4-yard touchdown to tight end Darren Waller, then got warned by a referee after doing it again later. The rest of the team (and the Marching Ravens) got in on the latest social media craze too.

“I probably looked like a big-time idiot, and I’ll get made fun of when I go upstairs to see my family and all that, but it was fun,” Flacco said.

The Ravens (5-4) won the game 28-7 to give Cleveland an 0-10 record.

Check it out below.

Caleb Joseph offers Joe Flacco sliding lessons after QB’s horrendous slide

joe-flacco-slideThe entire Ravens sideline held its collective breath on Sunday after quarterback Joe Flacco attempted one of the ugliest slides of all time.

With the Ravens beating the Steelers 10-0 in the third quarter at M&T Bank Stadium, Flacco scrambled with the football and slid at Baltimore’s own 37-yard-line.

Flacco seemed to get his leg caught underneath of him during the slide and he immediately came up limping.  The stadium became eerily silent as the Ravens quarterback hobbled off the field and hopped down into the locker room on one leg.

Fortunately for the Ravens, “Joe Cool” was totally he fine.  His awkward slide merely bent his medal knee brace, which he was still wearing after recovering from MCL and ACL surgery last year.

Almost immediately after the incident, Baltimore Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph tweeted an offer that Joe may not be able to refuse.

I would personally like to invite Joe Flacco to a one on one sliding session at OPACY anytime he wants!

Flacco has not yet responded to the offer.