In a matter of seconds, Ravens wide receiver Breshad Perriman’s jubilation turned into despair.
With 33 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Perriman appeared to catch a 23-yard pass from quarterback Joe Flacco in the back right corner of the end zone that would have lifted the team into a 16-16 tie with the Washington Redskins at M&T Bank Stadium.
But as with all scoring situations, the play was reviewed, and the ruling of a completed catch was overturned after Perriman’s left foot clearly came down out of bounds. Three plays later, the Ravens turned the ball over on downs, and Washington escaped with a 16-10 victory.
Perriman, who had entered the contest with eight catches for 113 yards, thought he had recorded the first touchdown reception of his career. Instead, he finished with just two catches for 11 yards, and the team dropped its second consecutive game after a 3-0 start.
“It went from real good to real bad real quick,” Perriman said. “But at the same time, I tried to kind of hype myself up afterwards once they reversed it, tried to hype myself up so I could stay positive and try to make another play.”
Perriman appeared to beat Redskins star cornerback Josh Norman on the play, but Norman signaled to coach Jay Gruden to throw the challenge flag immediately afterward.
“That was one heck of a ball,” Norman acknowledged. “I got a little underneath of him, but he went up and caught the ball. I nudged him a little bit. We got the call of him being out of bounds. That’s one of the plays where I have to take my hat off to the technique.”
Flacco said afterward that he was unsure if Perriman had gotten both feet inbounds.
“I didn’t celebrate at all,” he said. “I didn’t do anything because I wasn’t sure what was going on. I couldn’t see if he got his feet in. I wasn’t sure if he stepped out of bounds before that. I started walking around and just asking people. There was a little glimmer of hope when I started asking people what they thought. They thought that he was in, so I started to let myself kind of think that, but not really. I never really believed it because you know how many things can happen, and you know that’s going to get looked at, so I wanted to kind of hold my emotion until I knew it for sure.”
Similarly, Perriman is uncertain how to absorb the opportunity that slipped through his fingers.
“I’ve never been in a situation like this,” he said. “So I’m sure it’s going to be tough. It’s probably going to be on my mind all week until the next game. So go out there with that on my mind and [it can] kind of give me an edge and kind of make me a little more hungry and go out there and improve every day.”