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He won’t show up much on the final stat sheet but Baltimore Ravens safety Chuck Clark has been integral to the team’s success. That continued in Week 13 in a close 20-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. Clark’s success makes him our Player of the Game for Week 13.

Against arguably the second-best team in the league, Baltimore needed great play from Clark and he answered the call.

Clark had one of the biggest plays of the game, sacking Jimmy Garoppolo and forcing a fumble that Brandon Williams would recover at the San Francisco 23-yard line. That would lead to a 20-yard touchdown pass two plays later that got the Ravens out of a 7-0 hole, eliminating the only lead the 49ers would have all day.

But that’s not the only reason why he’s getting a special mention. Clark was tasked with helping keep Pro Bowl tight end George Kittle restrained. San Francisco’s leader in targets, receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, Kittle was seemingly unstoppable coming into this game. But with Clark’s help, the Ravens held him to a mere two receptions for 17 yards. It forced the 49ers offense to funnel through big plays and the rushing attack, which ultimately wasn’t sustainable in the fourth quarter when the game was on the line.

Clark isn’t the most well-known player on the defense, getting thrown into the spotlight thanks to injuries to Tony Jefferson and DeShon Elliott. Clark had already been a quiet player doing his job well before but has really stepped up this season in the face of so many injuries in the secondary. He deserved to get far more praise far earlier but his efforts in Week 13 helped single him out finally.

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Remember the Rich Eisen-led campaign a few years back that “Punters Are People Too”?

Well Morgan Cox is making long snappers people too.

Cox was instrumental in changing the rules to allow for Pro Bowl voting for long snappers. Then he was chosen by his peers and coaches as the AFC’s representative.

That makes Cox one of the first two truly democratically voted Pro Bowl long snappers in NFL history. The Eagles’ Rick Lovato is the NFC’s representative.

“This is kind of a significant, historic event if you can call it that,” Cox said with a chuckle Thursday.

“For me be selected as the guy is overwhelming, to know that the other guys see me in that light. Our motto is that nobody knows who we are. To be noticed in a good light is really gratifying.”

Since 1996, every team in the NFL has had a dedicated long snapper. But until this year, the long snappers for each Pro Bowl team were hand-picked by the coaching staff of each Pro Bowl team rather than being voted on democratically.

Patriots long snapper Joe Cardona, who Cox formed a relationship with when Cardona was at Navy, approached Cox with the idea after Sunday Night Football on Nov. 3. Cox agreed, so he started up a group chat with the NFL’s other 31 long snappers to discuss it.

Eventually, the idea to have coaches and players vote for the best long snappers was brought to the NFL’s competition committee, which approved the change. They didn’t include fan voting because, really, what fan knows the long snapper for any other team but theirs?

Cox took his vote very seriously. He watched every single punt and field goal from every other AFC long snapper in the league before casting his vote.

Cox was selected to go to the Pro Bowl in 2015 and 2016 when the Kansas City Chiefs coaching staff picked him in back-to-back years. That felt great, but to be voted in by his peers is even better.

“It still meant a huge amount to me,” Cox said of his earlier honors. “But now, just like every other position, it’s an honor because you’re selected by your peers and those that pay attention to the trade.”

The Ravens are known for being a kicker factory, but they also have a history of churning out long snappers. The Bears’ Patrick Scales, Raiders’ Trent Sieg, Jaguars’ Matthew Orzech, Dolphins’ Taybor Pepper and more came through Baltimore at some point.

Cox has been the Ravens’ long snapper for 10 seasons. He signed a five-year deal with Baltimore in 2016, showing the team’s commitment to the best in the game and a key part of The Wolfpack trio.

“For somebody like a long snapper to not get any recognition for the life of the NFL, that’s kind of bull,” punter Sam Koch said. “You watch the snappers out there in the league, you realize who’s the best one. … He’s got the consistency, the willingness to learn and to actually block people.”

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Birds of a feather, we flock together: The unifying message is the slogan on a new batch of Baltimore Ravens T-shirts.

Tight end Nick Boyle worked with the company Fans Only to create the latest line of shirts. The company reached out to Boyle, who developed the idea.

Fred Fillah, the owner of Fans Only, said the shirts have already been a big hit in the locker room.

“He’s giving them away in the locker room to the other guys, they love them. The shirt unifies the team and (it’s) a team that’s unifying our city,” Fillah said.

The shirts are on sale on Amazon and at Poor Boys in Dundalk and Baltimore Sports and Novelty, among other stores.

Boyle caught two of three targets for 10 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Bills.

The fifth-year tight end caught the second touchdown of his career Sunday and has already surpassed his previous career high for receiving yards in a season with 291. Boyle is fourth on the team in target share at 10.5 percent, but with Hayden Hurst coming on strong of late, there could be increased competition for targets down the stretch.

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The Ravens have a good punter in Sam Koch, but they hardly ever use him.

In fact, the Ravens have punted just 22 times in 11 games, putting them on pace to punt 32 times this season. That would be the fewest in NFL history for a 16-game season.

Since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, the only season when any team punted less than 32 times was in the nine-game 1982 season, which was shortened by a players’ strike.

The Ravens are punting rarely both because their offense is outstanding and because they’re aggressive on fourth downs. Baltimore has converted 13 of 17 fourth down attempts this season, which is both the most successful fourth down conversions and the highest conversion percentage in the league.

The Ravens’ last 24 drives with Lamar Jackson at quarterback have ended like this: touchdown, touchdown, kneeldown, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, kneeldown, touchdown, touchdown, missed field goal, downs, touchdown, touchdown, kneeldown, touchdown, field goal, field goal, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown. Not a punt to be found.

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42 responses to “Ravens on pace for the fewest punts ever in a 16-game season”
touchdowndances says:
November 27, 2019 at 9:58 am
The most shocking part of that listing of drive outcomes is the missed field goal part. Like, wut?

nestrongsafety says:
November 27, 2019 at 10:05 am
Just incredible to watch this offence. It would seem the only thing that would stop them would be an injury to Lamar Jackson. Its fun to watch this scoring machine work defenses.

Avenging Cowboy says:
November 27, 2019 at 10:06 am
It’s been an amazing thing to watch this season. Imagine if Flacco was still their quarterback.

joetoronto says:
November 27, 2019 at 10:07 am
Jackson has been a massive surprise, he comes off as goofy and not particularly sharp but he’s the complete opposite on the field.

Unless he gets hurt, it’s hard to see anyone beating the Ravens in the Super Bowl.

cphpropertiesllc says:
November 27, 2019 at 10:09 am
Can we just cancel the rest of the season and just give the Ravens the title as we speak? Seems like that’s what everyone is doing. The Ravens do 2 things, the same 2 things they could do last year when the chargers sent them home. Until they actually do something they have done nothing.

I hate saying this but I like how Seattle is just quietly handling their business, and I am pretty sure Mahomes can out duel Lamar in a throwing match.

Mike Beranek says:
November 27, 2019 at 10:14 am
I don’t even want to look at how many times Pat O’Donnell has punted this season.

KoolAidFree says:
November 27, 2019 at 10:20 am
So did that stat equate to a Superbowl win for the team that holds the fewest punts in a full season? NO IT DID NOT!! The 1982 Chargers have the record for fewest punts in a full season, and they didn’t even make it to the Superbowl. The runner up is the Bengals that same year with 31 and they made it but lost to the 49ers. So what’s the point of this article? Oh that’s right to continue this hype that we’re watching something extraordinary from the Ravens, and they’re somehow reinventing the game of football. They’re playing really well right now big deal….Call me in February

harrisonhits2 says:
November 27, 2019 at 10:23 am
Ravens will be a tough out in the playoffs no question. Almost impossible if they end up with the #1 seed. A rematch in Foxboro I’ll take the Pats but its no guarantee that’s for sure.

thecape15 says:
November 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
Lamar Jackson has ‘it’.

Mahomes is the least of our problems now.

thejetssuck2001 says:
November 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
patriots fan here. what lamar jackson is doing right now is extremely impressive. hes a beast. and i love his team first mentality. he seems like a really great guy.

shutiggyupdotcom says:
November 27, 2019 at 10:27 am
So what you’re saying is that in the last two minutes of the AFC title game, the Ravens’ punter is going to shank a punt giving the Patriots great field position for the game winning drive.

ragnarthegreat says:
November 27, 2019 at 10:28 am
Well so much for popular wisdom about running quarterbacks.

8oneanddones says:
November 27, 2019 at 10:31 am
Wasn’t there a similar headline about the Rams a year ago?

i thumbs down your comment says:
November 27, 2019 at 10:31 am
Seattle or 49ers will win the SB based on which of them wins the NFCCG; that game depends on who is the home team and that will depend on which team wins the week 17 meeting in Seattle.

Should be a fun rest of the season.

endtimesparty says:
November 27, 2019 at 10:32 am
LOL. Remember how often manning’s Colts punted some years? What happened when they needed to punt from deep in their own territory in the AFCCG? The punter whiffed and the Patriots turned it into a pivotal TD.

redlikethepig says:
November 27, 2019 at 10:56 am
The Bengals are doing it too. But it’s fumble, fumble, interception, take over on downs,fumble . . .

Rick Martin says:
November 27, 2019 at 11:13 am
I guess when you go for it 4th and 4 leading 35-6 you have those type of stats. I thought it was a bush league to do that

obsession55 says:
November 27, 2019 at 11:17 am
I remember when the Colts didn’t punt for a long long time, then went to Foxboro for the AFC championship and went 3 and out on their opening drive. And it snowballed from there

I see something similar happening this year with Baltimore. And I hate the Pats…

msc4realeagles says:
November 27, 2019 at 11:17 am
Interesting that the Eagles traded away the Lamar Jackson pick to Baltimore. I wonder what could have been if the Eagles had Lamar and traded Carson? That would have been extremely unlikely back then, but makes me wonder what could have been today…..

kemp13 says:
November 27, 2019 at 11:23 am
“Unless he gets hurt, it’s hard to see anyone beating the Ravens in the Super Bowl.”

Dod Brady get hurt in 2007? Yet somehow the Giants stopped their perfect season in the Super Bowl.


superfanentertainment says:
November 27, 2019 at 11:27 am
Because they have a QB who literally can go run for 10-15 yards basically whenever he feels like it. It’s not even fair. The dude is a Madden Cheat Code.

Meanwhile, you have poser stooges like Matt Nagy who think throwing the ball 60 times a game with a mobile QB is how you move the ball, LOL.

silentraven7 says:
November 27, 2019 at 11:28 am
Remember when people were calling Harbaugh a bad coach and delusional when he said the Ravens offense would be unlike anything we’ve ever see? That was funny.

indiapalealeblog says:
November 27, 2019 at 11:30 am
1. I credit the Ravens for creating a system that plays to his (and the teams) strengths rather than forcing a QB to act in a coaches ideal system

2. I credit Lamar Jackson for excelling in that system.

3. It helps having a good Oline, if this were the Jets then it wouldn’t work.

I can see the ravens winning the Super Bowl this year.
My question is how will the league adapt? How will teams change their defenses to deal with this?
I am looking forward to a Ravens – Patriots rematch. How will Belichick adjust?

Will this become a more common style of offense (if you have the right players)?
Will the league be able to come up with a counter?
2020 will be interesting because there will be more tape on the Lamar Jackson.

goldmansacks says:
November 27, 2019 at 11:31 am
Tampa can’t be far behind, for a different reason

r8rsfan says:
November 27, 2019 at 11:33 am
Love Jackson – wish he was on my team.
That said, with all the hype anything short of a SB win this season will be a huge disappointment.

Lightsabermetrics says:
November 27, 2019 at 11:59 am
Ravens beat reporters have taken to Twitter the last few games to still give humorous props to Sam Koch even though he almost never punts.

“Fantastic hold on that extra point attempt by Sam Koch.” – Ryan Mink

“Punter Sam Koch is getting paid $3.95 million this year to watch Lamar Jackson play.” – Baltimore Beatdown

Kolo Jezdec says:
November 27, 2019 at 12:21 pm
The Ravens are in a great position. Mr. Jackson is on his rookie contract, meaning they get 3 more years before being forced to pay him the big bucks. Meanwhile, he is leading that team toward a chance at a Super Bowl. Perhaps next year he will not be quite so dominant, but he will likely still be a force. Meanwhile, the team can afford to surround him with talent that might be impossible for a team with a QB past his rookie contract. If Mr. Jackson continues his amazing success for a few years, then the Ravens pay him.

I bet the Rams wish they would have waited another year to give Mr. Goff a “salary cap killer” contract.

Ravens fans need to enjoy the ride. Except for the Pats, success in the NFL of today passes quickly. Remember how giddy everyone was after Mr. Flacco’s amazing post-season in 2012?

RE LEE says:
November 27, 2019 at 12:40 pm
Frankly, the Ravens are SB bound. Teams need to out score them to win. It’s difficult when they are piling up scores and there’s no solution to stop their defense. I think airing the ball with precision will do it. Goff was able to move the ball but sputtered near the end zone. Precision and speed once the ball is caught. The Ravens defense are not quite good yet defending air balls but they will get there from the looks of it. Also they are physically well-conditioned. They’re fast, quick, and strong. They were on the field for what, almost 40 minutes and they’re not breaking a sweat. Lamar is mobile and can read the field and defense on the go. Accurate too. What’s the solution to the Ravens this year? Hopefully somebody can provide a “ blue print”. That being said, the Chiefs and the Rams looked unstoppable last year too.

freedomofspeechyesway says:
November 27, 2019 at 1:48 pm
“I guess when you go for it 4th and 4 leading 35-6 you have those type of stats. I thought it was a bush league to do that”

Call it what you want, but keeping your defense off the field will always be every coach’s top priority.

steelers58blog says:
November 27, 2019 at 1:53 pm
Anybody can be put in as a punter for them. Save almost $4 million in cap space.

Angel Valle says:
November 27, 2019 at 2:27 pm
So can we just give them the sb trophy now? why play the rest of the season they are unbeatable

ravensbob says:
November 27, 2019 at 2:38 pm
Most fun watching football EVER

moltensteelgumbo7 says:
November 27, 2019 at 2:51 pm
Smh. Fml. As much as I hate the Ravens, I’ve got a ton of respect and appreciation for that organization…and damn if this season’s team in Baltimore isn’t a ton of fun to watch. Hope they make the Super Bowl and put on for the AFC North. Anybody but NE…!

cb28031 says:
November 27, 2019 at 3:01 pm
Let’s stop the hype until the end of the year…..

LamarJacksonisElite says:
November 27, 2019 at 3:22 pm
Ravens beat reporters have taken to Twitter the last few games to still give humorous props to Sam Koch even though he almost never punts.

“Fantastic hold on that extra point attempt by Sam Koch.” – Ryan Mink

“Punter Sam Koch is getting paid $3.95 million this year to watch Lamar Jackson play.” – Baltimore Beatdown
Not a bad gig! lol

fordbw says:
November 27, 2019 at 3:23 pm
New England Patriots so-called great defense can’t stop ’em!

idislikespeciousness says:
November 27, 2019 at 4:44 pm
Boy, they sure are good.

wintercoates87 says:
November 27, 2019 at 6:13 pm
Judas funny to read comments from people putting them in the Superbowl. Add that they themselves have already put themselves in the SB. Starting center done for the year now and we’re not even close to the playoffs yet. Keep counting your chickens.

davew128 says:
November 27, 2019 at 7:43 pm
And despite this, they still don’t have inside track on home field in the playoffs. Think about why that is.

yinzerssuck says:
November 27, 2019 at 9:42 pm
The Ravens traded BACK (twice!!) and still got Lamar. Hahahahaha. And Cowboys fans have Jerruh for their GM. Hahaha!!!

datwell600 says:
November 27, 2019 at 11:33 pm
The 4th down conversion rate is statistically very high. Unlikely to continue. Most conversion rates correct themselves over time.

Leman Russ says:
November 28, 2019 at 12:46 am
And despite this, they still don’t have inside track on home field in the playoffs. Think about why that is.

Because they dont play in the AFC East

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As the sixth of 10 kids raised by a single mother in a Detroit suburb, Matthew Judon of the Baltimore Ravens knows what that situation can mean for a family.

After deciding to donate to a nonprofit tackling poverty and homelessness, the Pro Bowl outside linebacker reached out to Bridge of Hope, a national organization based in Pennsylvania, to offer $13,000 to start a site in the Baltimore area.

Thanks to Judon’s generosity, Greater Baltimore Region Bridge of Hope is well on its way to becoming a reality with the assistance of Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church in Columbia.

The seed money — which the local board of directors is racing to match by Dec. 31 — will go toward hiring a caseworker and setting up office space somewhere in the region, said Sue Ashman, a member of Christ Memorial, who will chair the newly formed board of directors.

Organizers are aiming to make the new affiliate official in the first quarter of 2020. They expect to begin accepting referrals of homeless families in Howard and Baltimore counties and the city of Baltimore in the second or third quarter of the new year, Ashman said.

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This mission is personal for Judon, 27, who joined the Ravens in 2016.

While he never experienced homelessness as a child, he knows firsthand that one-parent households often face a common set of seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

“Single parents and their kids can feel like they are alone and that others don’t understand what they’re going through. Bridge of Hope gets the community involved and gives the families a shoulder to lean on,” he said.

“It’s almost like I’m taking care of little me back in West Bloomfield,” Judon said, recalling his childhood in Michigan. “It makes you feel good to make other people happy, and I am blessed to be in a situation where I can do that.”

The Rev. Scott Hoffman applauded Judon, who has attended organizational meetings at the church on Shaker Drive, for his efforts and concern.

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“Matt could’ve chosen to help any number of nonprofits, but he chose this one and that’s very exciting,” said Hoffman, who has served as Christ Memorial’s pastor for eight years. “The focus of Bridge of Hope is not a handout or even a hand up; it’s working hand-in-hand.”

Bridge of Hope’s formula for combating homelessness combines professional case management services with the encouragement and support of members of local Christian faith communities, whom they call neighboring volunteers.

The organization, with its national office based about an hour northwest of Philadelphia in Malvern, Pennsylvania, has opened 19 affiliates in 12 states since 1989.

The nonprofit’s model is centered on helping housing-insecure families improve their financial position and develop supportive relationships, said Anne Dunnenberger, the national outreach director.

“This can include families who are couch-surfing at a friend’s home, living illegally with another family in a small apartment or staying in grandma’s basement,” she said. “None of these situations is sustainable.”

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Bridge of Hope’s goal is to get a family into housing within 60 days of contact, giving the head of household breathing room to focus on goal planning, finding a better job and making other changes, Dunnenberger said.

“Sue’s long-term vision is to give Greater Baltimore Region Bridge of Hope a bigger footprint,” she said. “But never in her wildest dreams did she think she’d get the seed money to hire staff and begin serving families so quickly.”

The Judons plan to continue to support the new affiliate, Dunnenberger said.

“Matt and his wife, BreighAnn, want to do more than just give money,” she said. “They’re considering holding a day of catch for kids, which would help us nationally since Matt and the Ravens are such a hot commodity right now.”

BreighAnn Judon — who is expecting a boy the couple will name Leonides Joshua Judon — said she will attend as many organizational meetings at the church as she can until her due date in six weeks. The new baby will join his 4-year-old sister Aniyah at the family’s home in Owings Mills.

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Two years before becoming an affiliate — in one of a chain of events that Dunnenberger calls “God moments” — Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church’s Women for Women group was discussing how members might help a local family in need.

At Ashman’s suggestion, the church group connected with Bridge of Hope, where she’d previously volunteered when she lived in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.

Later in the same week, the plight of a single-parent family that could only afford to live in a cramped motel room with a dorm-sized refrigerator came to the church’s attention. The family’s identity is being withheld due to personal safety concerns.

After a social media campaign by one of the volunteers raised more than $18,000 to cover temporary housing and pay down debt, the church became a Bridge of Hope “one-church site,” working on its own to support one family. Ashman was accepted by the national office for training to equip her to volunteer as that family’s caseworker.

That’s when the church learned that Help End Homelessness Howard County was ready to rent a three-bedroom condo they’d purchased and renovated for a homeless family, with rent determined by ability to pay. The unit just happened to be the minimum size the large family was legally allowed to occupy.

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A close relationship between the family and the church blossomed from the start.

“This effort has made my life so full,” said Ashman, who, along with her husband, Bob, has been a member of Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church for 12 years. “All of our volunteers are this woman’s friends, and her kids are like our adopted grandchildren.”

But not everything about the process has been rosy.

“I’ve learned a tremendous amount, both good and bad,” Ashman said. “By walking beside someone in this situation, I now see the dysfunction and discrimination that families in the system can face.”

Pastor Hoffman said the group is undaunted.

“Sue is very passionate about this, and the hope is that it will become a transformative ministry for a larger area,” he said.

“It’s not going to solve the issue of homelessness with a broad stroke, but we’ve already seen the difference this program can make,” Hoffman said. “It’s not ‘Here’s a house, good luck.’ A family in crisis is surrounded with the services they need.”

As preparations for the official launch continue, Christ Memorial is planning a graduation party for the single mom and kids they’ve been assisting “since they have reached stability,” Ashman said.

The church’s volunteers, who will also attend the celebration, will continue to support the family in any way they can.

But it was Judon’s seed money that “made all the difference,” Ashman said.

“When we were a one-church site, planning to work with one family at a time, we were hoping to expand to other churches and assist multiple families in five to 10 years,” she said. “Matt’s donation really sped up that timetable.”

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Special teams doesn’t often get its due, but every once in a while, there’s a play that’s so special it makes you gasp.

Sure, kickers get lifted onto shoulders after game-winning kicks – like Justin Tucker did following his 49-yard game-winning field goal to beat the 49ers on Sunday. Returners, like former Ravens Jacoby Jones or Jermaine Lewis, are beloved.

But guys like Chris Moore – a gunner streaking down the field to make a tackle or down a punt – is often invisible. That is until he made this ridiculous play in the third quarter of Sunday’s game.

The game was tied at 17 when Sam Koch punted from the Ravens’ 37-yard line. The 49ers were going to have a chance to take the lead and momentum was already on their side following Lamar Jackson’s fumble that the 49ers turned into three points the other way.

Koch, who had punted just twice in the previous three games, hit an absolute beauty that was (as he calculated) slowed down by the rain-soaked field. That gave Moore just enough time to save it from trickling into the end zone.

The ball must have bounced an inch from the goal line, and been just a couple inches off it when Moore, with a flip, tossed it back into the field of play, where Anthony Levine Sr. touched it down at the 1-yard line.

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Harbaugh said it was one of three “game-changing” plays the Ravens had on special teams, alongside Tucker’s game-winning kick and Marlon Humphrey’s blocked field goal.

“Chris Moore was just, he was high-tailing it down the field. He was flying,” Harbaugh said. “And he has such a great awareness. You see how many guys make mistakes – they slide, they get on the ground, they fall. He knew how to keep his feet on this side of the white line, tapped that ball – just a great play.”

A fourth-round pick in 2016, he’s carved out a niche as a special teams ace in Baltimore. His offensive role hasn’t grown as much as he would probably like (he has three catches for 21 yards this season), but he’s made countless crucial special teams plays.

Was this his best ever though?

“Ever? Dang. I don’t know. It was the coolest one,” Moore said. “I think the most important one I ever made though was when we played the Steelers a few years ago and I blocked the punt and I scooped and scored that one. That one actually turned into points. But this is definitely the coolest one I ever did for sure.”

It wasn’t the first time Moore made that play, but it was the first time in a game. In college at Cincinnati, while practicing downing punts, Moore did a flip toss backwards.

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Moore was mobbed by his teammates after making the play and the TV broadcasters gave him some major props.

“That is just outstanding. Wow. That is beautiful,” said FOX play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt.

Turns out, Moore has some big-time fans. Check out this tattoo a fan got of Moore’s face. It was done by a tattoo artist in Brazil and (my Portuguese isn’t great), but sounds like it took 22 hours and won an award for realism.

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Moore has a lot of tattoos, but said it’s better than any he’s had put on his own body.

“That’s one of the best tattoos I’ve ever seen,” he said. “I got hyped this morning when I saw it. Hopefully I can get some work done by the artist. I will find a way to get some work done. If I have to go down there [to Brazil], I will.”

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One of the Ravens’ top run defenders is back to face the San Francisco 49ers, who love running the football.

Defensive tackle Michael Pierce (ankle) is active after a two-game absence and will rejoin the defensive line rotation. Pierce leads all Ravens defensive linemen in tackles and his presence will be welcomed against the 49ers (10-1), who have the NFL’s second-ranked rushing attack (145.6 yards per game) behind only the Ravens.

Rookie wide receiver Miles Boykin (ankle) is active and will be in the lineup after testing his ankle briefly during pre-game warmups in the rain. The third-round pick (11 catches, 185 yards, two touchdowns) has not missed a game this season. Boykin leads the Ravens in yards per catch (16.8) and is an excellent downfield blocker.

Everyone who was listed as questionable for the Ravens is active, including left guard Bradley Bozeman (ankle), defensive tackle Domata Peko (knee) and outside linebacker Matthew Judon (ankle). All of them were full participants in Friday’s practice.

Offensive lineman Parker Ehinger is also active after being brought up from the practice squad Saturday Ehinger is likely to backup undrafted rookie center Patrick Mekari, who is expected to make his first career start. Mekari is replacing veteran center Matt Skura, who suffered a season-ending knee injury on Monday.

Baltimore’s inactives are quarterback Trace McSorley, wide receiver Jaleel Scott, safety Bennett Jackson, guard Ben Powers, defensive tackle Zach Sieler, and cornerbacks Anthony Averett and Iman Marshall.

Matt Breida and Joe Staley Inactive for 49ers

San Francisco’s leading rusher Matt Breida (542 yards) is inactive (ankle), which is a big loss for the 49ers. With Breida out of the lineup, the bulk of San Francisco’s running load is likely to be carried by Tevin Coleman (448 yards) and Raheem Mostert (393 yards).

The 49ers are expected to rely heavily on their running attack in Sunday’s rainy conditions, and Breida is averaging five yards per carry.

Veteran left tackle Joe Staley (finger) is also inactive, which could also negatively impact San Francisco’s offense. Staley has played just three games this season but had hoped to play against the Ravens.

Other inactives for the 49ers are premier pass rusher Dee Ford (6.5 sacks), who was ruled out on Friday, quarterback C.J. Beathard, wide receiver Dante Pettis, kicker Chase McLaughlin and tight end Levine Toilolo.

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The Ravens have one of their biggest hammers for at least two more years.

Baltimore announced Tuesday that it inked fullback/defensive lineman Patrick Ricard to an extension through the 2021 season. Ricard was in the final year of the three-year contract he signed as an undrafted rookie.

Ricard is the NFL’s only two-way player – the rarest of breeds. Originally a defensive lineman coming out of Maine, “Project Pat” has evolved into one of the NFL’s best fullbacks.

Ricard currently plays both positions for the Ravens but has recently shaded more toward fullback, where he leads the AFC in Pro Bowl voting.

The 6-foot-3, 303-pound bruiser brings a punishing physicality to the game that perfectly suits Baltimore’s style.

The Ravens lead the NFL in rushing (207.8 yards per game) with Ricard helping to pave the way. Baltimore is on pace to set an NFL team record for most rushing yards over a 16-game season.

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Even just within the Ravens offense, he’s versatile enough to play fullback or tight end. Ricard is moved everywhere in Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman’s scheme, an integral chess piece similar to tight end Nick Boyle, who the Ravens signed to an extension last offseason.

Ricard doesn’t just block. He’s caught eight passes for 47 yards and a touchdown this season. As a rookie, he hauled in four passes for 12 yards and two scores.

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Defensively, Ricard has posted nine tackles and one sack, which caused a fumble that was returned for a touchdown in Week 10 in Cincinnati.

His defensive snaps have diminished recently after the additions of Domata Peko and Justin Ellis. For the first time this season, Ricard didn’t play any defensive snaps in the Week 13 win against the San Francisco 49ers.

Roman recently said there was “no limit” on how much the Ravens would use Ricard on offense.

“I think he’s excelled enough at the fullback position,” Roman said. “I mean, is there a better fullback in the league? I don’t know.”

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A collision between Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith and an Erie Country Sheriff Office’s reserve deputy during Sunday’s Buffalo Bills game has landed 46-year-old Jason Macken in the trauma intensive care unit at Erie Medical Center.

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Macken’s injury was suffered during the Bills game.

Macken, who was working security at the game, had surgery, according to The Buffalo News.


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Video of the incident shows Smith, who was covering Bills receiver Cole Beasley on a play that resulted in a successful two-point conversion, run into Macken at full speed. The defensive back’s momentum carried him deep into the sideline, where he made contact with Macken’s back with his right arm.

“Working the sidelines of an NFL game can be rewarding but can be dangerous too. With the speed and size of players, paired with the dozens of game day staff along the sidelines, there are many opportunities for collisions and staff to get injured,” said Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard, per WKBW. “Today, we are just concerned about Deputy Macken’s health and recovery and I have offered my full support.”

Macken remains in the hospital after surgery and is now resting and recovering, per the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.

The Ravens released this statement:

“We hope the police officer is recovering and doing well. We’re just learning of this and we’re trying to learn more.”

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The word on Justin Tucker is that he doesn’t have to play football. But he does. He’s the kicker for the Baltimore Ravens, who appear to be the best team in the National Football League in 2019, with a showy won-lost record of 13-2. But that’s not all. As of October, Tucker reached the milestone of being the most accurate kicker in league history.

But wait, football may be his secondary passion. If Tucker the Texan were cut tomorrow, he would still have an equally compelling career — as an opera singer.

Born in Houston, Tucker graduated from Westlake High School in Austin and attended the University of Texas. There, he kicked for the Longhorns, but long before he put on a kicker’s shoe, he proved he had serious chops as an opera singer.

Justin Tucker, after he kicked a game-winning field goal, during his days at the University of Texas.
Justin Tucker, after he kicked a game-winning field goal, during his days at the University of Texas. (Darren Carroll / Getty Images)
He’s a classically trained bass-baritone who sang “Ave Maria” for a Catholic Charities benefit concert with the Concert Artists of Baltimore. And in 2018, he sang “Ave Maria” to become pro football’s “Most Valuable Performer,” on an NFL talent show carried by CBS.

The New York Times lauds Tucker for his dual gifts of “singing arias and splitting uprights,” and while the Times acknowledges his sure-footed kicking, it flat out gushed about the night Tucker appeared at the elegant Hippodrome Theatre in downtown Baltimore. Outfitted in a black, three-piece suit, Tucker, the Times marveled, “belted out something else: a serenade from Mozart’s Don Giovanni.”

“I don’t think there’s a day that goes by that you don’t hear him singing some kind of opera,” said Ravens punter Sam Koch, who holds the football for Tucker’s field-goal and extra-point attempts.

While he digs all kinds of music, Tucker, 30, says he loves opera, and during his commute to practice, he proves it by cueing up the dulcet sounds of the late Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, in hopes of fine-tuning the nuances he’ll need the next time he sings an aria onstage. Which might be after the Super Bowl.

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