By now, you've all probably seen the key play of the
With the Ravens trailing by three points and facing a 4th-and-29 at their own 37-yard line with 1:59 to play in the game, quarterback
Going through and around would-be tacklers, Rice gained 29 yards, getting the first down and setting the stage for rookie
But understandably, much of the talk after the game was about Rice's legs, not Tucker's right foot. According to
Here's what the Ravens and Chargers were saying about the play, starting, of course, with Rice, who labeled it, "Hey diddle diddle, Rice up the middle."
Rice (Part 1): "On that play, it was just will, man. Once I made the first guy miss and I cut back across the grain, I actually saw that the defense had to flip their hips. I was just eyeing the first down. I looked and I said, 'Should I keep running to the sideline or should I keep trying to get up field?' That's what I did. I just kept trying to get up field. I left it in the hands of the officials. I'm not going to say that they owed us one, but I'm just glad we came out on top."
Rice (Part 2): "We knew that they were going to play the sticks. I'm always expecting to get the ball on the pass play. Any time Joe is in trouble, I have to be his safety outlet. It was just a simple call. There's not too many calls you can [make] on that play. They dropped in max coverage. I guess they figured if they are dropping it down to the guy, they make the tackle and game over. I guess when you put me into the equation, I guess it's not that easy."
Flacco: "The only shot that we really had was if
Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith: "I had a great view. I was running down the field and I didn't block anybody. That's probably one of the best plays I've ever seen. You don't see too many plays like that. He is a perfect guy for it."
Ravens wide receiver
Ravens defensive end/tackle Art Jones on long delay to review the play: "I caught up on years of praying. I kept pacing myself up and down the sideline, kept saying, 'Come on Lord, we need you.' I just kept praying. When they said first down, I knew we had the game won."
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