Did Ravens’ Marlon Humphrey record interception vs. Raiders without knowing it? It sure looks like it

The Ravens may have forced a turnover at the end of the first quarter in their “Monday Night Football” game against the Raiders. Nobody seemed to realize it.

Baltimore’s top cornerback, Marlon Humphrey, was in coverage on Darren Waller with 25 seconds left in the quarter. Humphrey did a good job of keeping Waller from the ball and swatted it right when it was going into his hands. It was a nice pass breakup and the incompletion set up fourth down.

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However, it appeared as though the ball never hit the ground after Humphrey knocked it down. Instead, it stayed on top of Waller and Humphrey picked it up, which would have made it an interception.

Here’s a look at the play from both angles. It’s not shown in its entirety from the side — the best angle at which to see if the ball hit the ground — but it certainly appears that it didn’t.

Perhaps the ball hit the ground and these angles just don’t demonstrate it. Nonetheless, it was a strange situation and wasn’t addressed by ESPN’s broadcast booth at all when it occurred.

The Ravens still got the ball on the next play; A.J. Cole punted it back to Baltimore. However, the Ravens started their next drive on their own 20-yard line instead of in Raiders territory, where they would have begun the drive had Humphrey’s interception counted.

Of course, it’s also worth noting that Humphrey did drop the ball soon after getting up from the Waller tackle. Could the officials have ruled that he didn’t hold the ball long enough to make an interception? Maybe, but it’s impossible to know.

The Ravens decided not to challenge the play and ended up going three-and-out on their next series. They gained just three yards before punting back to the Raiders.

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All told, this play didn’t have a huge impact on the game, but it took a potential scoring opportunity away from the Ravens. That may have been enough to flip the result and avoid overtime.

That said, Baltimore had plenty of chances to win this game, so this potential missed opportunity isn’t why they lost. It’s just strange that the Ravens and Humphrey didn’t want to take an extra look at the play in question.

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