The Baltimore Ravens handily defeated the Denver Broncos 23-7 on Sunday but perhaps the most widely discussed play of the game took place on the final down.
The Broncos were marching towards the end zone on offense late in the fourth quarter after the game was out of reach for them. Quarterback Drew Lock attempted a touchdown on a third down, but Ravens CB Anthony Averett intercepted the ball in the end zone with 0:03 left in the game.
Normally, a team with a 16-point lead would take a knee to end the game, but the Ravens had other plans. The team came into the contest with 42 games in-a-row rushing for at least 100 yards per game, one shy of tying the all-time NFL record. The Ravens sat at 97 yards rushing and coach John Harbaugh made the call to have QB Lamar Jackson run the ball. He did, and racked up 5 yards on the play to push them over 100 yards on the day and tie the record.
The call turned out to be a point of controversy in the league, with some all in favor for using the play to tie a record that has taken over two-and-a-half seasons to make, and others calling it unsportsmanlike.
The Ravens have a chance to break the record when they host the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football next week.