Fourth-and-29 at their 37, 1:37 left in regulation and trailing by three points.
Game over for the Baltimore Ravens?
Not so fast. After all, they were playing the San Diego Chargers, the masters of the come-from-ahead loss, and Ray Rice had the perfect play for the seemingly impossible situation.
"Check down, Hey Diddle Diddle, Ray Rice up the middle," the Ravens running back said in describing the unbelievable play that helped the Ravens to a 16-13 overtime win against the staggering Chargers.
Six plays later, Justin Tucker kicked a 38-yard field goal to tie the score at 13 as regulation expired. Tucker made another 38-yarder with 1:07 left in overtime to win it. But it was Rice's 29-yard gain that saved the day and allowed the Ravens (9-2) to take an even firmer grip on the AFC North race. Pushed back by a holding call against guard Marshal Yanda and a 9-yard sack of Flacco by Antwan Barnes, the Ravens were down to their last desperate shot.
"I was thinking we needed a miracle," Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs said.
They got it. Flacco took a shotgun snap, looked downfield, then threw a short pass to Rice, who ran through a big hole in the middle of the field. Three Chargers missed him at the 50 before Quentin Jammer and Antoine Cason finally brought him down.
After a lengthy review, the ball was moved from the 33 back to the 34 and the refs measured. The new spot still gave the Ravens a first down.
"It was just total will," Rice said. "Once I made the first guy miss when I cut back across the grain, I actually saw the defense had to flip their hip and I kept eyeing the first down. I looked and said, 'Should I keep running to the sideline or should I just keep trying to get up field?' And that's what I did. I just kept getting up field."
• Bengals 34, Raiders 10: Carson Palmer had a horrid homecoming. Andy Dalton threw three touchdown passes, taking advantage of Oakland's dreadful defense, and host Cincinnati showed its former franchise quarterback that it's moved on without him, blowing out the Raiders. BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran for 129 yards and a touchdown against the NFL's most generous defense. He had runs of 48 and 39 yards -- the longest of his career -- to set up scores. With their third consecutive win, the Bengals (6-5) moved back into the playoff chase. Houston ended up on top of Cincinnati's Andrew Whitworth in the middle of a big scrum of players. Oakland (3-8) has lost a season-high four consecutive games, giving up 169 points in the process. Palmer had a rough day all-around in his former town, going 19 of 34 for 146 yards with four sacks and an interception. The Raiders got Palmer in a midseason trade last season after he decided to hold out rather than play for the Bengals again. He was booed by the 56,503 fans -- the smallest crowd of the season at Paul Brown Stadium -- when he went out for the coin toss. A sign in the upper deck read: "Winners Never Quit," a reference to Palmer's insistence he would never play for the Bengals again.