Baltimore Ravens DC unhappy with Cincinnati Bengals’ home goal to avoid shutout


OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Ravens defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale expressed anger when the Bengals threw a late basket to avoid a shutout in Baltimore’s 27-3 win on Sunday.With Cincinnati leading 27-0, Bengals coach Zac Taylor chose to shoot for a 38-yard field goal with 37 seconds left. This was only the fifth time since the 1970 merger that a team threw a basket in the last minute to avoid a shutout, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Asked about his reaction when the Bengals threw the basket, Martindale said Thursday: “He knew what it was because it was terribly quiet when I shouted him across the field. There are people who take this as a victory. We will see. . We will have a lot to say the next time we play them. ”

The next meeting between the Ravens and the Bengals will be in Week 17 in Cincinnati. Baltimore was seconds away from his first shutout in two years.

There have only been two other instances in the past 50 years where a team threw a basket in the last minute to avoid a shutout while trailing over 20 points.

In 1970, Bengals coach Paul Brown chose to throw a basket in the last minute of a 38-3 loss to the Detroit Lions. In 2006, Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden decided to kick the basket without further ado in a 20-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh was more diplomatic on Monday when he addressed the Bengals’ insignificant goal. He said the defense would have loved the shutout but that “it wouldn’t have been a factor” if Baltimore had stopped Cincinnati in one of the fourth and first situations on that last drive.

“I guess you have to look at it that way,” Harbaugh said. “I’ll just leave it at that. “


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