How James Proche almost caught a Hail Mary TD pass at end of Ravens’ wild-card loss to Bengals


The Ravens might have mismanaged the end of their final drive in Sunday’s wild-card loss to the Bengals, but James Proche nearly saved the day.

Facing a fourth-and-20 from Cincinnati’s 27 in the final seconds, Tyler Huntley did what he needed to do and aired it out. The pass was deflected by a leaping Mike Hilton in the end zone and fell behind a pack of defenders.

Ravens receiver James Proche was able to get his hands on — but not around — the ball.

Proche just didn’t react quickly enough, but it’s tough to blame him with the way the ball deflected off Hilton.

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With another half-second to prepare, Proche might’ve come down with one of the most unbelievable touchdowns in Ravens history and given Baltimore a chance to tie or win.

Instead, Baltimore’s season reached its end point and an offseason centered on questions about Lamar Jackson’s future began.

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That offseason will first begin with questions about why the end of the game even required a Hail Mary attempt. The Ravens started their drive in Bengals territory with more than three minutes remaining but wasted a large chunk of time while John Harbaugh held onto two timeouts.

With a limited passing game and not enough time on the clock, a miracle by Proche was Baltimore’s only hope.

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As much as the little-used receiver would like to have that moment back, the Ravens’ loss falls on much more than just a near-miracle with zeros on the clock.

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