In the fourth quarter, the Baltimore Ravens were driving down the field and were near the goal line ready to score when Cameron Wake hit Joe Flacco’s arm to force the ball to come flying out. Replays showed his arm moving forward but it seemed that there wasn’t conclusive evidence to overturn the call because it was hard to tell exactly when the ball was coming out.
Unfortunately, referee John Parry saw it a different way and ruled it as an incomplete pass, giving the Ravens the ball back and they would go on to score on the next play.
Joe Philbin didn’t have much to say about the call, which is understandable because had he said something negative, he would be fined. Instead, he just said that Parry said his arm was going forward and that was that.
Earl Mitchell saw things differently and noted that even the Ravens’ players thought it was a fumble.
“I mean they were trying to get the ball away from me, so I’m pretty sure they obviously thought it was a fumble. So usually if you aren’t worried about it, you aren’t trying to get the ball back. I was upset that they overturned it, but they then made a play.”
Cameron Wake said that sometimes, things don’t always go in their favor and this was just one of the examples of that.
“Well, I guess, I didn't hear what (the official) said, they said it was an incomplete pass, just sometimes that’s the way the cookie crumbles. You have to go out there and play another down, make another play, however it has to happen. If they are not in the end zone then there is still an opportunity to keep them out and today we dropped the ball,” he said. "I would have to go back and look at it in slow motion myself. I obviously, it happened so fast, I don't know what happened. I just tried my best to get there, the refs made a call and that's the one that stood."
Besides that call, there were other questionable ones in the game and Ryan Tannehill said they were tough to swallow because they were getting chunks of yards but always seemed to be moving backwards. In the end though, he knows he can’t control that and he just needs to play the game the way they know how.
This story was written by Matthew Cannata. Follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs