When the Ravens were preparing for the punt that followed their intentional safety — which would be the last play of Super Bowl XLVII, regardless of the result — Joe Flacco was pacing nervously on the sideline, knowing that Ted Ginn Jr. is a pretty dangerous dude. Throughout his six-year career Ginn has six return touchdowns, three on a kickoff, and three following a punt.
If he sprung one we’d be celebrating a different champion right now, and a different Super Bowl MVP. So Flacco had a rather innovative solution…
Thankfully, there’s a rule for such a devious scheme:
“Palpably Unfair Act. A player or substitute shall not interfere with play by any act which is palpably unfair. Penalty: For a palpably unfair act: Offender may be disqualified. The Referee, after consulting his crew, enforces any such distance penalty as they consider equitable and irrespective of any other specified code penalty. The Referee may award a score.”
Flacco was just being a funny guy who isn’t dull at all, of course. But had such an absurd moment actually happened, Ginn still would have been awarded a touchdown, and Flacco would have been Billy Cundiff’ed in Baltimore.
Thanks, SB Nation