Ravens give up late touchdown to lose, giving Bills final spot

AP

How did that happen? The Ravens will ask themselves that question all offseason.

Baltimore rallied from a 14-point, second-half deficit to lead late but allowed a 49-yard, go-ahead touchdown pass with 44 seconds to go. The Bengals’ 31-27 upset win eliminated the Ravens. They finished 9-7.

The Bills owe the Bengals after clinching the sixth and final wild-card spot. They play at Jacksonville. The Titans are the fifth seed and will travel to Kansas City.

It marked the second consecutive week Cincinnati has played the role of spoiler, having eliminated the Lions last week. The Bengals finished 7-9, and if Marvin Lewis is out, he ended on a high note.

Cincinnati got the ball back at its own 10 with 2:43 remaining, and the Ravens allowed a 90-yard touchdown drive. The dagger came on fourth-and-12 as Tyler Boyd caught a 49-yard touchdown pass from Andy Dalton with 44 seconds remaining.

Baltimore gained only 61 yards in the first half as Joe Flacco completed 5 of 19 passes for 28 yards and a touchdown.

Flacco rebounded in the second half and finished 25-of-47 for 203 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, but it wasn’t enough.

Dalton went 23-of-44 for 222 yards and three touchdowns.

111 responses to “Ravens give up late touchdown to lose, giving Bills final spot

  1. Bwahahaha! Better yet, the guy who scored the touchdown played for Pitt (and the coach who called the play coached at Pitt). Pittsburgh will always be greater than Baltimore. Happy New Years, Baltimore!

  2. Andy Dalton did that to you. LOOOOOOOOOOL

    Think of that all winter long. Glad your trash pile of a team is home. Bye bye!

  3. LOOK OUT FOR THE DANGEROUS RAVENS!!!

    New England doesn’t want to meet the Ravens in the playoffs!

    bla bla bla….

    Ravens are crap. Have been all year.

    Enjoy your offseason!

    Hahahahaha!

    Go Pats!!!!

  4. Lol Baltimore, I hate the Ravens and couldn’t be happier how they lost. Last year, my Steelers killed their playoff dreams, this year it is the Bengals on 4th and 12. Lol Ravens.

  5. No horse in the race here, but the officiating once again was horrific. The NFL needs to adopt the NHL officiating late in games. Don’t call it unless it’s blatant. Let the teams determine the outcome. Not the zebras!!!

  6. crazy ending. I am glad Lewis is gone but also glad he went out with a win and thankful for turning the franchise around. IF we cant go to the playoffs, gutting the ravens like this was a pretty good consolation.

  7. Now that the Ravens are out… the Patriots have an absolute cakewalk to the SB.

    The Titans are limping and won’t put up any offense, the Bills won’t win in Jacksonville.. and the Steelers are overrated. NE should get as much warmup as needed for the SB, where they play a flawed NFC team that will no doubt just hand the game over to the Pats.

    Brady’s #6 looks as sure as ever now. NFL really needs to step its game up.

  8. yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

    Lets go Buffalo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thank you Cincinnati!!!!!!

  9. Andy Dalton is the best all time quarterback when there is no pressure and it’s a meaningless game for the Bengals !

  10. That reminded of Flipper Anderson running into the tunnel against my Giants back in 89. This wasnt quite as brutal but I feel for Ravens fans right now.

  11. Bills got in because they took care of business, but also because the perpetually undisciplined Ravens committed one too many penalties during the Bengals last drive. John Harbaugh is not a leader of men.

  12. A playoff caliber team does not let a sub .500 team come into your house when the playoffs are on the line, and lose.

    Still love my Ravens but this one hurt.

  13. The Bengals have been doing a good job this year at destroying teams playoff hopes: The Lions, the Ravens, The Bengals

  14. Glad the Chargers missed out early with the Jax loss because that choke job would have killed me had the playoffs been on the line. Can’t imagine how Baltimore fans feel.

  15. Fan since 65 of the bills. We’re in the playoffs joetoronto. Now what will you say.
    Great Xmas gift and a happy new year to all bills fans as well.

  16. When it’s 4th and 15 with your season on the line and your loser QB throws a 6 yard dump pass you don’t deserve to go to the playoffs.

  17. No one gave the Vikings any respect when they steamrolled the Bengals but it turns out it isn’t that easy to do is it?

  18. When does Flacco’s contract end? Ravens should cut him. He had 2 month stretch when he played well a few years ago. Other than that he hasn’t even been average.

  19. Everyone deserves blame, Flacco, Harbaugh, the receivers, Dean Pees but most of all Ozzie. And the scary thing is, the Ravens are going to be the exact same next year. The new most mediocre franchise in sports.

  20. I missed the post-game presser – who did Harbaugh blame for the loss? Let me guess – everyone except the coaching staff and players?

  21. Does Harbaugh keep the job for life because of the 1 SB appearance and win? Or if he stays, most likely, does he ever get a shred of blame for the never high functioning offense? The head coach is still responsible for the entire team right?

  22. finzfan49 says:
    The NFL needs to adopt the NHL officiating late in games. Don’t call it unless it’s blatant.

    Yeah, penalties are only penalties depending on the clock…one of the many reasons that hockey is still on the bottom rung of the main US sports.

  23. No team deserves their reputation less than the Ravens.

    Great win for Marvin Lewis against his old team. Bengals played tough the last two weeks, crushing the playoff hopes of the LIons and the Ravens and whining Harbaugh at home, making it all the sweeter. Not to mention the entire major NFL major media, which gave the Bengals zero chance today.

  24. As a Bengal fan I can give props to Steeler fan – Steelers own Bengals in Cincy that said the Bengals own the Ravens in Baltimore give Bengals props Bmore fan

  25. Andy freakin’ Dalton……

    Wow big-mouthed Ravens fans; just wow.

    I mean, its one thing to lose a crucial game to a Brady or a Rogers; but Andy freakin’ Dalton.

    Wow; thats gonna butt-hurt for a long time……

  26. titimium says:
    December 31, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    Does Harbaugh keep the job for life because of the 1 SB appearance and win? Or if he stays, most likely, does he ever get a shred of blame for the never high functioning offense?
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    Harbaugh is the Teflon HC – never at fault for anything, a true genius (as long as he has Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and Broncos DB Tony Carter to bail him out).

  27. Wait, can the Steelers please play that team that “no one wants to see” in the playoffs? A three-sweep of the Ravens would be nice….

  28. What did Matt Elam, Arthur Brown, Breshard Perriman, Maxx Williams, Tyus Bowser, Kamalei Correa, and Bronson Kaufusi do today?

    Ozzie Newsome: biggest sham in the NFL.

  29. Lol

    Warnings were out. Easy schedule, crap team with holes everywhere.

    How do ozzie and whinebaugh survive, when it is clear their egos of 2012, created this?

    Deflatgate KARMA

  30. Bills fan but way too many games being decided by the officials. Baltimore got screwed on Cincy’s last drive. It is hard enough to stop team and get off field without officials keeping drives alive. Just ask any coach who,plays the patriots. Fortunately New England has bye next week so we don’t need to deal with blatant 1-sided officiating for at least another week.

  31. Suggs should have announced this was his last season and the refs would have helped them win a SB like last time Ray Lewis announced his retirement.

  32. That P.I. call at the end was pretty broderline. The holding call definitely was good, btu the P.I. right before that was really iffy. Not that will make anyone feel any better, but hey.

  33. The Ravens are a joke, choking in your own stadium with 2 minutes left and up by 3 – pathetic effort. What is with Flacco, he is certainly not elite as Ravens fans would try and have us all believe – he is a choke artist, and he is good at it. Not a Cincy fan but what a grab for the touchdown.

  34. Oh, yep, everyone is going to be really worried about that Ravens team in the playoffs. Except they had to make the playoffs first.

    And how about that great defence! Isn’t this the second year in a row they’ve given up a 90 yard, game winning TD drive to be bounced from the playoffs? Awesome. Just awesome.

    Enjoy your offseason Baltimorons.

  35. it is not really an upset. The Ravens did not beat a single team that made the playoffs. Not one. They lost to Pittsburgh twice, to Tennessee, to Minnesota, and to Jacksonville. They did win against Detroit, Green Bay, Miami, Oakland and Houston, teams that made the playoffs recently but these teams all missed the playoffs this season. It is therefore not a surprise that they lost to Cincinnati today.

  36. Can someone explain how the Bills and Chargers have the identical record and San Diego beat Buffalo by 30 yet Buffalo makes the playoffs? So confused on that one.

  37. Three seasons without a playoff appearance. Only one playoff appearance in the last five seasons. Time for Harbaugh to go. Time for Flacco to go. Take the cap hit. Blow up the roster and go full rebuild.

  38. What an incredible way to begin the new year!!! Steelers get a 1st round bye, send the Browns to 0-16, & the RATBIRDS GAG AGAIN!!!!! I love this!!! Enjoy your “elite” QB!!!!! LMAO HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

  39. No control of his locker room, players basically urinating on the American flag, couldn’t have happened to a better franchise. Well, maybe to Cincy, but since they’ve been out of playoff contention since week 1 that was never gonna happen anyway. LOL!

    Wow, what’s with all these Pats fan gloating on the Baltimiore/Cincy articles? You all do realize that you haven’t won a legitimate Superbowl in over 15 years now right? If it isn’t your own cheating, it’s the zebra’s handing you victory after victory. Stop pretending like you’d be anyone if you played by the same rules as everyone else.

  40. kohila79 says:
    December 31, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    Can someone explain how the Bills and Chargers have the identical record and San Diego beat Buffalo by 30 yet Buffalo makes the playoffs? So confused on that one.
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    Probably because the Bills have a better conference record.

  41. John Harbaugh Is A Sad Whiney Middle Aged Woman says:
    January 1, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    Wow, what’s with all these Pats fan gloating on the Baltimiore/Cincy articles? You all do realize that you haven’t won a legitimate Superbowl in over 15 years now right? If it isn’t your own cheating, it’s the zebra’s handing you victory after victory. Stop pretending like you’d be anyone if you played by the same rules as everyone else.
    ————————————-
    You’re absolutely correct…The core definition of ‘competition’ is that both sides start out as equal as possible. For that to happen, first we’d have to send Belichick to the hospital to have 95% of his brain removed so he could then as smart as Whinebough, then we’d have to re-coach Tom to throw nothing but 50-50 tosses just like ‘Jump-Ball Joe!’ Oh, and also pay him 3 times as much as he’s making now…5 very shiny legitimate trophies and counting…

  42. titimium says:
    December 31, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    Does Harbaugh keep the job for life because of the 1 SB appearance and win? Or if he stays, most likely, does he ever get a shred of blame for the never high functioning offense?

    They can’t fire him. He would spill the beans about the framegate conspiracy.

  43. John Harbaugh Is A Sad Whiney Middle Aged Woman says:
    January 1, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    Wow, what’s with all these Pats fan gloating on the Baltimiore/Cincy articles? You all do realize that you haven’t won a legitimate Superbowl in over 15 years now right? If it isn’t your own cheating, it’s the zebra’s handing you victory after victory. Stop pretending like you’d be anyone if you played by the same rules as everyone else.

    No NE doesn’t have the same rules. Example – Gronk gets called for OPI just runnig a route. Rules are that you must have at least 2 defenders trying to de-shirt him before he gets a call.

  44. finzfan49 says:
    December 31, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    No horse in the race here, but the officiating once again was horrific. The NFL needs to adopt the NHL officiating late in games. Don’t call it unless it’s blatant. Let the teams determine the outcome. Not the zebras!!!

    ________________________________________________________________________________

    First, that’s a horrible way to officiate. It’s just determining the outcome in a different way.

    Second, assuming you’re talking about the defensive penalties the Ravens were called for on the final Bengals drive, all of those were blatant.

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