The Ravens should breathe a sigh of relief because today's officiating crew isn't known for overprotecting quarterbacks.
In fact, referee Bill Leavy's group has only called one roughing the passer penalty in five games this season.
That was a hot issue with the Ravens in a regular-season loss at New England last year. The Ravens had two questionable roughing-the-passer penalties called against them in that game.
The last time Leavy officiated a Ravens game was last December, when the Ravens routed the Chicago Bears, 31-7. In that game, the Ravens were penalized four times for 26 yards (their second-fewest in 2010).
Leavy, a retired police officer and firefighter from San Jose, Calif., is best known for admitting to two blown calls in the fourth quarter of the Seattle Seahawks' Super Bowl loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers five seasons ago.
Early in the fourth quarter, Seattle offensive tackle Sean Locklear was called for holding on a pass completion that would have put the Seahawks at the Pittsburgh 1-yard line and set to score the go-ahead touchdown. After the penalty, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck threw an interception, and then was called for a mysterious low block on a play that ended with him tackling Pittsburgh's Ike Taylor on the defensive back's return.
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