Sunday, November 25, 2012

A First In Miami

Back in 1998, Neil O'Donnell and the 1-2 Cincinnati Bengals marched into Baltimore to face Eric Zeier and the 1-2 Ravens. Priest Holmes had a massive game, rushing for 173 yards and two touchdowns. He would go on to have the first 1,000 yard season of his career.

Holmes and the Ravens got out to a huge 21-0 lead early in the 2nd quarter after Zeier found Jermaine Lewis for a 73-yard touchdown pass. The Bengals, though, roared back by scoring the game's next 17 points, including a Tremain Mack 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the second half. The Ravens finally found the endzone again with their own return for touchdown when Lewis took a punt back for 87-yards.

Jeff Blake subbed for O'Donnell, and found Carl Pickens for a 67-yard strike to bring the Ravens back to within four points at 28-24 in the 4th quarter. Alas, a late Matt Stover field goal iced it, and the Ravens won by a final score of 31-24.

Why should Seahawks fans care? That was the only other game in NFL history where a team passed for at least two touchdowns, had at least one takeaway, surrendered zero giveaways, and had a kick returned for a touchdown, but still managed to lose the game. That is, until today, when the Seahawks repeated the feat.

Don't worry Seahawks fans. Seattle gets to stand on its own since the Dolphins had no special teams touchdown of their own. The Seahawks managed to lose this one in an entirely new way. 

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