The Baltimore Ravens are in danger of missing the playoffs after losing to controversial and gut-wrenching defeats this month.
John Harbaugh went for a 2-point conversion in the final minute of the game for the second time in three weeks. Harbaugh defended his decision for the second time in three weeks after the Ravens came up short again.
The Ravens lost to the Packers 31-30 on Sunday after Tyler Huntley's incompletion to Mark Andrews on the 2-point try with 42 seconds left. The Ravens lost their third straight game and fell out of first place in the division.
Harbaugh said they were trying to get the win. I think our chances of winning were a little bit higher than overtime. I was happy about it.
Harbaugh said his decisions are mostly gut.
Harbaugh said the numbers aren't perfect. I've shot a lot of holes in the numbers with the numbers guys. You just make a decision because they don't take everything into account. The numbers are part of the decision.
The Ravens became the first team to try multiple 2-point attempts when they were down by a point.
Harbaugh decided to go for 2 points after the Ravens had made it a one point game. Lamar Jackson's pass bounced off the outstretched hands of Andrew.
Huntley faced a similar situation when Jackson was injured, and looked to the doctors as well. Huntley watched his pass get tipped by a Packers safety at the goal line.
Each time, the Ravens could've tied the game with an extra point by Tucker, the most accurate kicker in NFL history. Harbaugh's players supported his decision to end the game with a 2-point attempt.
That was the decision. "I don't think there is anything else," said Andrews, who had 136 yards receiving and two touchdown. I told Coach I wouldn't have it any other way. People are wrong to second-guess that. I think it was the right thing to do.
Packers coach Matt LaFleur said he would have made the same decision.
I would definitely be on that sideline. LaFleur said that he would have. "That's what I anticipated."
It was a toss-up because of injuries and the fact that it was slightly favored by the win probability.
Harbaugh's decision not to go for 2 points after Baltimore closed the game to 31-23 is questionable. The Ravens would have needed an extra point to win the game if they had made that 2-point conversion. If Baltimore had failed, it would have had a chance to tie the game at the end.
The Ravens are the first team in the history of the league to lose three straight games in a single season.
Harbaugh was asked if the two failed conversions would affect whether he would go for it in the future. That gave us the best chance to win. We didn't win so it doesn't make it not true. It's still true, just as it was then. It doesn't always work out.
The Ravens have failed on six 2-point tries, which is tied with the Vikings for the most in the league.
If Huntley had thrown the ball to Brown in the back of the end zone, Baltimore would have been able to convert the 2-point attempt at the end of the game. According to Next Gen Stats, Brown had a distance of over four yards from the nearest defender.
Huntley said he didn't see Brown.
The Ravens were short-handed and were playing with a weakened offensive line and secondary. Huntley became the first player in Ravens history to throw two touchdown passes and run for two touchdown in his second career start.
The Baltimore Ravens fell one spot outside the seven-team playoff race and now have a 50% chance of making the playoffs according to the Football Power Index.
Next week, the Ravens play in Cincinnati to determine the division winner. Jackson missed a game for the first time in his four-year career because of an injury.
Harbaugh said that he expects him to be back next week. We'll go with Tyler if he's not ready. We will be ready to go either way.