Just when I was starting to fade, the Wild Card Weekend nightcap gave me a jolt of energy for the final leg of my five-game weekend of coverage. Thank you, Sam Hubbard!
After the Ravens took the ball down to the Cincinnati one-yard line with a chance to tie it up, the unthinkable happened:
Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley attempted to leap over the goal line pile and he had the ball poked loose for a fumble that Sam Hubbard scooped up and ran 98 yards for a touchdown.
Hubbard’s 98-yard touchdown was the longest fumble return in postseason history, and the fourth longest defensive touchdown in postseason history. It also gave the Bengals the lead just when it looked like Huntley was about to put the Ravens on top in the fourth quarter.
Hubbard’s fumble boosted the Bengals’ chances of winning from 46 percent before the snap to 86 percent after the touchdown, per the NBC broadcast team. Unbelievable. Aside from the fumble, Huntley was putting together a pretty nice game for the Ravens, giving Baltimore a chance to beat the Bengals.
Wow. What a weekend of Wild Card football we’ve been treated to, and it’s not over yet!