Would it really have been so hard to do something unpredictable on second down? Or is it just a Ravens thing to be in this situation at the end of every game that can break your heart and end your season? #ravens
Ravens will sit on the ball and end this game with a 22-10 win over the Chargers. With a Steelers loss tomorrow, they'll be in first in the AFC North. If the Steelers win, they're still likely a win over Cleveland away from the No. 6 seed.
In a season of continual reinvention, the Ravens defense showed a new side of itself at the most opportune moment. Now the Ravens are likely one win away from their first playoff appearance since 2014. bsun.md/2Ag0TNM
Ravens TE Mark Andrews said he was excited to go back and watch the tape -- the defensive tape, especially. "Our defense, that's an ass-whooping. That's plain and simple. And they do that to everybody, so they're incredible to watch."
Brandon Carr said he didn't even know about John Harbaugh's 2019 return until a comedian mentioned it to the team last night. Ravens players in general were happy with the Harbaugh news, but they didn't make it part of the night's narrative.
After tonight's win, the Ravens have a 71 percent chance of making the playoffs and 56 percent chance of winning the AFC North, according to updated @UpshotNYT projections. The odds are better on @FiveThirtyEight : 83 percent to make the playoffs, 67 percent to win the North.
In his first year under John Harbaugh, Lamar Jackson is 5-1 as a starter. Now there'll be a second year together, too. “He was the coach that was here when I got drafted, and he’s going to be here when I keep excelling. ... So yeah, I love it.” bsun.md/2BCPG9T
The Ravens' most important non-Ravens game of the weekend kicks off in three hours, but there are a lot more worth following. With the Titans winning and the Browns already eliminated, here's what will help the Ravens. bsun.md/2rNRE2L
With Texans' loss, Ravens could miss playoffs even w/ 10 wins. Here's how: • Texans lose to Jags, fall to 10-6 • Colts/Texans get to 10-6, win AFC South (b/c of division record) • Steelers win out, win AFC North • Texans get No. 6 seed (pending strength-of-victory tiebreaker)
Updated relevant AFC standings: 2. Patriots: 10-5, 7-4 AFC, 4-1 AFC East 3. Texans: 10-5, 8-3 AFC, 3-2 AFC South 4. Ravens: 9-6, 7-4 AFC, 2-3 AFC North 6. Colts: 9-6, 6-5 AFC, 3-2 AFC South 7. Titans: 9-6, 5-6 AFC, 3-2 AFC South 8. Steelers: 8-6-1, 5-5-1 AFC, 3-1-1 AFC North
After the Ravens' win Saturday, Matthew Judon was asked whether he cared about the Steelers' game the next day. "Who?" he answered. One wild day later, the Ravens need only worry about themselves. bsun.md/2QPgrSW
John Harbaugh said the Browns offense with Baker Mayfield has almost like a "touchdown-checkdown" philosophy. "They throw shots all the time, in the pocket, out of the pocket, drop screens to everybody."
For Christmas, John Harbaugh wants to not care about NFL games he sees on TV*. "I swear to God, you get all emotionally caught up in all those kind of things, and you just -- they drive you crazy. I don't know how people even watch these games."
John Harbaugh is a fan of Baker Mayfield and parallel structure: "He's going to extend plays. He's going to keep his eyes downfield. He's going to run when he has to. He's going to change things at the line when he needs to. He's going to try to make plays."