Watch 4th-and-29 over, and over, and over again

ray-rice-11-25-12

On Sunday in San Diego, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice turned in what could very easily be the play of the year in the NFL. With his team standing at the foot of what appeared to be an unscalable mountain – 4th down and 29 yards to go, trailing by three, with 1:59 remaining – Rice put the team on his back, catching a short pass from quarterback Joe Flacco and taking it all 29 yards for the first down.

On the play, Rice eluded nearly every member of the San Diego defense – who all wildly over-pursued – and lunged across the 34-yard line for the first down.

Watch the play over and again in all its glory, until your purple hearts are content, with this GIF (c/o The Big Lead):

While the play was “only” in a Week 12 regular season game, and not in the postseason, “4th-and-29? has the potential to become the sort of iconic play in Baltimore Ravens lore that “The Catch” is for San Francisco 49ers fans, or “The Fumble” is for Denver Broncos/Cleveland Browns fans.

What will we call it?

Rice himself has already given it a bit of a moniker, using the term “Hey diddle, diddle, Ray Rice up the middle” in his post-game press conference.

Mehhhhhh…

A couple things there: 1 – Rice has been using that term for years. Two years ago when Kris Jones and I were at the Super Bowl touring Radio Row with Ray, he was using it in interviews while discussing the AFC Divisional loss to Pittsburgh. And, 2 – a quick search on Wikipedia shows that the term has been used for running plays since the 1950?s, when it originated in…you guessed it: Pittsburgh.

So I’m not exactly a fan of that nickname.

What else could we call it, Ravens fans?

The Run?

The dump-off? (for the Flacco-haters out there)

Just “4th-and-29?”

Whatever we call it, Ravens fans will never forget this play.

Excuse me while I go watch it 75 more times or so.

This entry was posted in Baltimore Ravens, Blog View, NFL by Derek Arnold. Bookmark the permalink.

About Derek Arnold

Derek Arnold
RSR/ESR Senior Editor. Derek is originally from and a current resident of Pasadena, MD. He’s a graduate of UMBC and has been a lifelong Baltimore sports fan. In 2007 he founded B’More Birds’ Nest, where he wrote about the Ravens and Orioles before joining RSR in 2012. Derek’s work has...more

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

 

Hot off the street

Tuesday’s Roundup: Smith & Webb Talk Trash

Charges Against Deonte Thompson Dropped Two months ago, wide receiver Deonte Thompson was arrested on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana in Gainesville, Florida. Over the wee...read more

Could Ravens Go “All Irish” Early in 2014 Draft?

The Ravens have done a lot this offseason to surround quarterback Joe Flacco with more options in the passing game, and to provide him with better protection to give him more time in the pocket. Re...read more

“We Will Announce When We Will Announce It”

Sorry Ravens fans, the wait  continues regarding the release of the 2014 NFL schedule. On Monday, NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy tweeted the following, much to the dismay of NFL fans everywhere:...read more

Free Safety a Laughing Matter For Ravens?

Russell Street Report’s series of NFL draft prospect previews continues, switching to the defensive side of the ball in this edition. Leading up to the first round of the draft on May 8, several ...read more

Ravens Backfield Running on Empty?

Gary Kubiak’s offense has long been a productive one, among the league’s best. It has also been one that heavily depends on an effective running game. In 2013 the Ravens' running game was hardl...read more

View More