After trailing by two touchdowns in the first half, the Cleveland Browns lined up to attempt a game-winning, 51-yard field goal against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football. It had been a rough season for the Browns – they entered the night 2-8 – but at least they would give the home fans a last-second win on prime time for all of America to see.
And then Brent Urban happened. So did Will Hill.
Urban blocked Travis Coons’ kick, and Hill returned it 64 yards for a touchdown to give Baltimore a stunning 33-27 win in Cleveland.
“I was praying for that block and (for the ball) to bounce that way – and it actually did,” Hill said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “As soon as I got the ball, i was just thinking, ‘Just score. Stay in bounds.’”
He did, tight-roping down the left sideline for the win.
Hill was elated but not stunned.
“I could believe it,” he said. “If you look at our season how everything has been rocky – (we’ve had) a lot of tough-ending games and a lot of miraculous things happen.”
All 11 of the Ravens’ games have been decided by eight points or fewer. They won three games on late field goals by Justin Tucker. Monday’s game ended on a field goal as well.
Only this time, Tucker was on the sideline.
Hill said his teammates spoke in the huddle about blocking the kick.
“That was going through my head – just thinking if there was any chance for somebody to block a kick, let it be now and hopefully we go into overtime,” Hill said. “But things didn’t work out that way. We blocked the kick and I returned it for a touchdown.”
Hill, a 25-year-old safety, was asked if that was the greatest play of his football life.
“As of right now, yeah,” he said. “It’s hard to say anytime can top that right now.”
Baltimore led Cleveland 17-3 in the second quarter and 27-20 in the fourth. The Browns came back, scoring a touchdown with 1:47 to go and nearly winning the game on Coons’ field goal.
The Ravens, however, found a way. They’ve suddenly won two straight and three of four and are somehow – despite a 1-6 start – only two games out of the Wild Card. They play the Dolphins (4-7) in Miami this Sunday.
Said Hill, “We just got to keep the faith and go out each week and compete like how we’ve been doing and just grind and come out on top (with a) win.”