By Edward Lee
The Baltimore Sun
1:23 PM EST, November 17, 2012
The Ravens punctuated Sunday's 55-20 demolition of the Oakland Raiders with a fake field goal that holder Sam Koch turned into a touchdown with 5:40 left in the third quarter. But it wasn't the first time that the team had faked a kick. Koch converted a fourth-and-6 with a 9-yard run in a 33-24 win against the Dallas Cowboys on Dec. 20, 2008 and turned an extra-point attempt into a two-point conversion in last year's season-opening 35-7 rout of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Pittsburgh is the Ravens' opponent this Sunday, but there was some criticism early last week that the Ravens didn't show much restraint running a fake field goal against the Raiders despite enjoying a 24-point advantage. Koch responded to the criticism and speculated on how the Steelers might be preparing for him this time around.
Do you worry that unveiling that fake field goal will put opponents on alert to prevent a repeat?
"No, because we had done it in the past. It was already out there, it was already on film. And it was so open on the backside that if someone is going to give you a touchdown in this league, you kind of almost want to take it. The game's not over until it's over. So when you can get a touchdown, you definitely take that. … We're actually 3-for-3 with the play. We've had great success with it, and once you cross that white line, it's a great feeling, especially when the opportunities are very limited."
You pulled off a fake extra-point attempt in the team's 35-7 rout of the Steelers in last year's season opener. How much preparation do you think Pittsburgh has done this week to guard against another fake?
"As far as preparation, I don't know. They're just probably going to be in a safe look. It's just going to be one of those things where they know it's out there, they know we have a fake on, and it's something they're going to hold off and kind of back guys away just for the potential like that."
Did you get any reaction from other holders in the NFL about the fake?
"We got some texts from other ones saying that it was pretty cool, they were excited for me. And in some ways, they were jealous as well. It was good to hear."
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