The ref was backpedaling near the Ravens end zone, trying to stay out of the way of Baltimore's Jimmy Smith after the rookie intercepted Andy Dalton and was running for a return touchdown. He was doing a fine job until the ball was popped loose from Smith's grip and bounced directly towards him, causing a rush of players to dive at Winter and knock him off his feet, sending him under a pile of players trying to recover the fumble.
Winter was swallowed up in that pile like Ahab by the whale. It's a mini-miracle and a testament to his toughness that he was able to emerge from helmeted, padded players crashing on him without a scratch.
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