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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

‘Go Do Your Thing’: How backup QB Tyler Huntley led the Ravens to a wild 16-13 win in Chicago

On Sunday afternoon, the backup quarterback who had answered the call for the Ravens took another Soldier inside the field.

Tyler Huntley was on his way back to the victorious locker room when his phone rang. Maybe 10 minutes earlier, he gave the Ravens their third and final lead over the Chicago Bears. Maybe five minutes after that, he tried to convince national TV audiences, through his jagged smile, the excitement of the 16-13 victory he had engineered in the final minutes of regulation.

But now his family was calling, wanting to share in the crazy joy of starting his first career. “Crazy,” Huntley said on a FaceTime call about seeing his brother in his No. 2 Ravens jersey. Then her mother Regina also called. “Your family, that’s what gives you that joy,” he later explained.

When Huntley finally got to the locker room, the first person waiting for him was Lamar Jackson, his close friend and former rival in South Florida high school football. For nearly five days, Ravens officials waited and wondered whether Jackson, having been isolated from a mysterious illness on Wednesday and Thursday, would be available once again on Saturday and Sunday. He was not, and now the headlines were owned by Huntley.

“Many times, when you think of the Baltimore Ravens, you think of Lamar Jackson, because he’s done so much for us,” cornerback Marlon Humphrey said after the Ravens’ first win in Chicago, which saw them 7- placed above 3. In contention for AFC North and top seed of the conference. “He’s such a great player, such a great guy. But man, it was really special to see ‘Snoop’ step up, some guys on defense step up. All around, it looks like we haven’t really moved.”

Huntley took first-team repetitions throughout the week of the Ravens’ practice, but he didn’t know on Sunday whether he would start his first meaningful game since December 31, 2019, his last appearance for Utah. After missing two drills, Jackson was a full participant in Friday’s session. He was also not listed on the Ravens’ injury report. But Jackson fell ill again on Saturday, and the Ravens traveled to Chicago, hoping to be ready for Sunday’s game. On the contrary, his condition worsened.

As Huntley headed towards the team buses on Sunday morning, he received a message. It was from Jackson: “Go do your job today. I’m going to see.” Jackson hasn’t had a start since testing positive for the coronavirus a year ago. He was out in just two games in more than three NFL seasons. However, the game would be Huntley’s lead. “I was like, ‘Okay, let’s go,'” he recalled thinking.

On the game’s pivotal campaign, Huntley looked to channel NFL comeback King Jackson in the first half of the season. Trailing 13-9 with only 93 seconds and two timeouts remaining, Huntley helped wide receiver Rashod Bateman draw a pass-interference penalty on his first drop-back and in 3-for-3 for 56 yards on the rest. Gone, including a just-in. -Time completed 29-yard sideline for wide receiver Sammy Watkins on third and -12 after a clear coverage bust.

“I was glad I saw him,” said Huntley, who finished an interception for 26-for-36 for 219 yards and added seven carries for 40 yards. “I wish I would have given him the ball early, and the game was probably a little quicker in our hands. It all played out the way it played.”

A play later, Devonta broke a tackle on a shotgun handoff leaving Freeman (16 carries for 49 yards) behind and made her way to the end zone for a 3-yard score with 22 seconds to spare. The crows were ahead again, and for good.

The Bears and backup quarterback Andy Dalton, who replaced in the third quarter and then outperformed injured starter Justin Fields (ribs), found only his 46-yard line in the final possession of the game. With time running out as well as attempting a Hail Mary, outside linebacker Tyce Bowser the Ravens wrapped Dalton before he could even begin his windup.

“It’s all about flexibility,” said Bowser, who had two sacks, including a strip-sack in the Ravens area that ended a beer drive. “This game is a tough league to win, man. Every win is a great win, no matter how you get at it. Even if it’s a 66-yard [by kicker Justin Tucker in Detroit], or a touchdown with 30 seconds left on the clock… you can win either way, that’s all that matters. Like I said, these people are flexible. They will come out here and play hard. That’s what matters to us, just winning, coming out of the week 1-0.

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At last, Huntley and the Ravens could celebrate. They had already taken a late lead, only to see it disappear. After the Bears started in the field with less than eight minutes to spare, thanks to a blocked punt by outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson, the Ravens received a 46-yard field goal from Tucker, their 54th straight goal in the fourth quarter or overtime, 9- 7 lead.

Bear had less than four minutes to respond. It was not a problem, not with Fields being sidelined, not with standout wide receiver Alan Robinson II being inactive, not for the NFL’s 32nd-placed passing attack (144.1 passing yards per game). On a second pass from Dalton’s bench, he saw wide receiver Darnell Mooney take a screen 60 yards into the home, slipping past safes Chuck Clark and Brandon Stephens for a 7-6 lead. It was the eighth game of more than 50 yards the Ravens allowed in the NFL this season.

Dalton’s second big game lasted almost 50 yards, and it saw the Ravens suffer a second consecutive loss to a backup quarterback. Facing fourth and 11 in the Ravens 49, the Bears had nothing to do with the time (1:48 remaining) or the kicker (Cairo Santos) but to go for it. Staring at an all-out blitz, Dalton found Marquis Goodwin wide open downfield, wide receiver’s double move had frozen cornerback Chris Westery.

After an unsuccessful 2-point conversion, the Bears took a 13–9 lead. He only had to stop one offense, scoring just one touchdown over the past seven-plus quarters, missing his NFL Most Valuable Player contender, who didn’t have top wide receiver Marquis “Hollywood” Brown available. thigh injury.

“We certainly didn’t want to miss that touchdown,” Humphrey said. “We wanted to end it on defense. But watching ‘Snoop’ march down the field like that was special. The offense really did its job today, and that last drive was insane. I would always look at stats like prime-time games.” Am, like: ‘This guy had so many game-winning drives.’ And it’s very special for ‘Snoop’ to start his first game.”

Huntley said: “I think if I was feeling the pressure, we might not have won this game. You have to go with the flow about winning the game. We knew we had to go out there and score. Practice that every day in practice, a two-minute drill. That’s all it came down to.”

Sunday’s importance was not lost on Huntley, a former undrafted free agent who shared a first-team repeat at training camp with Trace McSorley after Jackson’s second COVID infection and later shone in the preseason. Gaya. He planned to frame his sports jersey and display the sports ball. What a game it was like: According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Huntley is just the fourth quarterback in the past 30 years to record a game-winning drive within the last two minutes of the fourth quarter in the first start of his career.

The Ravens’ fourth quarter return was their fifth this season, and one of their wildest. With every rally, they seem to invent new ways to win: a late trade here, a record-breaking field goal there, a record-breaking passing performance in one week, a back-and-forth overtime battle in another week. . By Sunday, however, Raven could count on Jackson for help.

In Chicago, only the Ravens knew how good Huntley could be, said tight end Mark Andrews (team-high eight catches for 73 yards). Bowser calls him a teammate you want to “go out there and go to war.” Reflecting on the latter, Huntley said that at times it seemed he would never get a good opportunity like Sunday.

But with the Ravens’ season in crisis, Huntley did as Jackson insisted: He did his job.

“They were up, how many points?” Huntley said of his game-winning drive. “Those four were up. Tuck won’t be able to do that this week. We have to go down and we have to touchdowns. That’s all we knew.”

week 12

Browns @ Ravens

Sunday, 8:20 p.m.

TV: Ch. 11, 4 radio: 97.9 FM, 1090 AM

Line: Ravens By 4

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