John Harbaugh laments “all-time worst” play call late in Ravens win

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With just over six minutes left in Sunday’s game against the Eagles, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco hit wide receiver Mike Wallace for a modest gain that Wallace turned into a huge one after the catch.

The 54-yard gain left the Ravens on the 11-yard-line with a 27-17 lead that seemed set to grow even larger as the Ravens ran more time off the clock. On the next play, though, Flacco threw over the middle of the field and was intercepted by linebacker Jordan Hicks. The Eagles would come back to score nine points before a two-point conversion pass to Jordan Matthews fell incomplete with four seconds left.

The Ravens held on for a 27-26 win, but Ravens coach John Harbaugh still kicked himself for the play call after the win.

“All-time worst call ever. I’ll take responsibility for it,” Harbaugh said, via the team’s website. “I should have vetoed it right away. … I like an aggressive mindset, but that was way too aggressive. It’s the worst play call we’ve had, and it’s my fault. It should have never happened. We should have never been in that situation as a result of that.”

Flacco said that he didn’t see Hicks, who returned the ball near midfield to jumpstart the Eagles’ comeback effort. The Ravens will try to be more careful with the ball against the Steelers with the division title in the balance during next week’s game.

20 responses to “John Harbaugh laments “all-time worst” play call late in Ravens win

  1. Marty deserves to be thrown under the bus. Worst Ravens O.C. ever (next to Trestman of course)

  2. I agree that was the worst call ever. The Ravens were awful today. As a die hard fan, I am sick of literally having a heart attack every game. We didn’t win this game today – Phili gave it to us by trying to go for 2. I’m just disgusted with the whole team, coaches, players, everyone.

  3. Flacco cost me money today because of that terrible interception. He is forever garbage in my eyes.

  4. Ratbirds were supremely lucky to be able to watch the Eagles give them the game when they went for 2 points with seconds left in the game.

    THAT was the worst all-time call by a coach.

  5. eastcoastv says:
    Dec 18, 2016 6:57 PM
    I’m just disgusted with the whole team, coaches, players, everyone.

    You’re a fan of an 8-6 team. Apparently you don’t have the foggiest clue what it’s like to be a fan of a team that is perennially under .500, such as the Rams. You don’t know even what disgust means. Be happy with your winning team, and go away.

  6. I’m glad he said this. It was the worst play call and ever and worse decision by Flacco to not check out of it. You take 3 knees there and your still getting 3 points up by 13 and ran 3 minutes off the clock.

    Those are the calls that ccst people their jobs. Very fortunate to win that game.

  7. “Flacco said that he didn’t see Hicks, who returned the ball near midfield to jumpstart the Eagles’ comeback effort.”
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    Flacco can’t see an open receiver let alone a defender that is going to pick him off.

    I’ve stood behind Flacco for as long as he’s been a Raven, but he makes it harder and harder to support him with his lack of command. And by command I mean commanding the game. He doesn’t command, he takes orders from the sideline. He is no threat to a defense that already figured out the offense.

  8. chippys lost binky says:
    Dec 18, 2016 7:09 PM

    So now Harbaugh is crying about… himself?

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    No. He’s doing what he’s supposed too. Taking responsibility. Go troll some place else.

  9. jacktheraven says:
    Dec 19, 2016 10:05 AM

    It wasn’t a bad call. Just bad execution.

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    Yes. The play selection was also bad. They were averaging 6 or so ypc. Up by 10. NFL’s most accurate kicker. 6 minutes to go. If West or Dixon don’t get it done then Tucker would. Up by 13, 4 minutes left. Not to mention an incomplete pass stops the clock which also would have been bone headed.

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