Can someone explain the last few plays of the Ravens-Browns game yesterday? Specifically, what happened with the clock? To Recap:
a) There was a pass to a Browns receiver who caught the ball in such a way that it looked like the ball touched the ground. I believe that was the issue. The commentators said the Browns could not challenge the initial ruling because the clock was under the 2 minute mark. Still, the refs reviewed the play* for quite some time determining it was a fair catch and a first down. They added like 3s to clock, and then took away 10s for something the commentator called a “10s runoff”. I am no sports buff, as you can probably tell, so please explain. (*So, did the Browns challenge the play anyhow, or are the refs just nice guys?)
b) Immediately after this, The Browns had to move the ball down field as best as possible for at least a shot at a field goal to win. The Ravens defense blocked three passes, and on the Brown’s last attempt, the Ravens intercepted. BUT!!! At this point, with 1:02 on the clock, the Ravens were posing for a team picture, and no one seemed concerned about playing anymore. It was like a done deal for the Ravens when, had the game continued, who can say if the Browns would not have intercepted and scored? The instant that interception happened, even the runner stopped running with the ball. What was all that about? Why did everyone allow the clock to simply run down? Did the Browns simply give up?
Very confused here. I’d be grateful for an explanation to this strange ending that impacted Pittsburgh’s play-off chances, too. “How bizarre, how bizarre.”