When the Ravens opened the third quarter with an 18-yard touchdown strike from quarterback Joe Flacco to tight end Ed Dickson with just 21 seconds elapsed in the second half, conventional wisdom called for Billy Cundiff to kick the extra point.
But the team called for a two-point conversion, and holder Sam Koch’s saunter into the end zone through the left side of the line put an exclamation point on the Ravens’ 35-7 rout of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The two-pointer was the 23rd such conversion in franchise history and Koch’s first of his career, but he insisted that the play was not designed to pour salt in the Steelers’ wounds.
“You’ve got the Steelers and the Ravens, which is such a bitter rivalry year-in and year-out,” he said. “Rubbing it in their faces is definitely not the answer because you never know what can happen. You never when a game can change or the momentum, especially in a game against the Steelers. It was just a way to add more points and give us a more comfortable lead.”
Koch said the team had practiced the two-point conversion over the years, but had never had the opportunity to call it – until Sunday.
“It was just something where the time arose, and we could do it, and we thought that was the time to do it,” he said. “So we called it, and it went in. It was a great play and a great call.”
Koch’s surprise at the decision to attempt the two-pointer was exceeded only by his shock at running lane his blockers gave him to sprint into the end zone.
“To be honest with you, to see that hole open up in the game was a lot better than what we were seeing in practice,” he said. “In practice, I had never seen that hole open up so big. It opened up nice and clean, and like [long snapper] Morgan [Cox] said, I could have stood up and walked in.”Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun