On fourth down-and-12 from Jacksonville’s 40-yard line, Kruger found a lane and sprinted forward to block
Kruger was flagged for running into the kicker, and although the Jaguars were still facing fourth-and-7, they were five yards closer. That allowed
At the time of the miss, the Ravens trailed the Jaguars, 9-0, but might have the field goal shifted momentum in the Ravens' favor?
"I was doing my best to get there, and I thought I was a little bit further away than I thought," Kruger said after Wednesday's practice. "I just had my momentum going all the way forward. I tried to put my hands up and move to the right, but he kind of kicked and then as he was coming back from his kick, he kind of stuck his foot out there for me to hit and obviously made it more dramatic than it was. Got the penalty, and it was my bad. It was definitely my mistake. I was doing my best to get there and just should have anticipated it better."
Kruger said toeing the line between being aggressive and pulling up to avoid contact and a subsequent penalty can be a difficult task.