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Ravens should have played until the whistle on Williams' tackle of Johnson

Football is a simple game, but the Ravens have made it more complicated than usual.

Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson rushed 18 times for 122 yards and a touchdown Monday night including the infamous 62 yards in the third quarter where he laid on defensive tackle Brandon Williams after a short run, got up because he never hit the ground, and finished off the play at the Ravens 8-yard line.

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The Ravens thought the play had ended before Johnson took off again.

"The communication wasn't very good," said Ravens coach John Harbaugh of the officials. "We didn't get very much information at all and no explanation whatsover. The forward progress was stopped. If you hit him in that situation, then you're going to get fined and penalized. That's a 15-yard penalty and a fine for player safety."

Wrong.

The Ravens didn't have to hit Johnson. They didn't need to pile on. They could have just held him until the whistle, it happens all the time on Sunday afternoons. There is no need for an explanation. You play until you hear the whistle. These kind of things happen to bad football teams. It's basic football.

"Basically, you just have to keep playing until the whistle," Johnson said. "That is something [head coach Bruce Arians] teaches us, we always have to play to the whistle and have to finish. That is something you learn coming up from the little league. Keep playing until the whistle blows."

Apparently, the Ravens missed that lesson.

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