Sam Koch tied a career high with five punts inside the 20 in the Ravens’ 23-0 throttling of the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. His coach thinks an errant officiating determination cost Koch a sixth.
On fourth-and-11 from the Ravens’ 48-yard line in the third quarter, Koch launched a punt that landed at the Packers’ 1. Maurice Canady and rookie Tyus Bowser dived to prevent the ball from bouncing into the end zone before another teammate corralled the ball just short of the goal line.
But officials ruled that the punt was a touchback, and a Ravens challenge was denied. On Monday, coach John Harbaugh said he did not get much of an explanation from the officiating crew.
“They said that they couldn’t tell,” he said. “It’s in New York. So it’s hard for the guys on the field to really explain the reasoning. I don’t think they always know.”
Asked whether he agreed that the punt should have been ruled a touchback, Harbaugh said: “I thought it was the greatest punt in the history of football. Seriously. I thought it was the greatest punt in the history of football — or at least the history that I’ve seen. I’ve seen all the punts in the National Football League for the last 20 years, and that’s the best one I’ve ever seen.”
Harbaugh was backed by former Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee, who criticized the call via Twitter.
In a video he posted to his account (@PatMcAfeeShow), McAfee said Koch “has just completed the most perfect punt in the history of the world.” In the same post, he accused the ruling upholding the touchback of “robbing a perfectly executed situation on fourth down.”