Ravens’ John Harbaugh on decision to go 2 instead of equaling PAT in Steelers loss – .

Ravens’ John Harbaugh on decision to go 2 instead of equaling PAT in Steelers loss – .

PITTSBURGH – Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said injuries affected his decision to aim for a potential 2-point conversion win on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, instead of settling for an even kick .
With 12 seconds remaining, Lamar Jackson’s pass on the 2-point conversion took off from tight end Mark Andrews’ outstretched left hand as the Ravens fell to the Steelers 20-19.

When asked why he opted for two instead of the PAT to force overtime, Harbaugh said: “ [We’re] try to win the game there. We were pretty much out of turns by then. It was the opportunity to try to win the game there. “

Ravens Pro Bowl cornerback Marlon Humphrey grabbed his left shoulder trying to tackle Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson on the go-ahead from Pittsburgh, a 5-yard touchdown with 1:48 left to play . The Ravens are concerned that Humphrey may suffer a season-ending injury on the game, a source told ESPN, confirming an NFL Network report.

Harbaugh said Humphrey would undergo an MRI and declined to specify the injury.

“It might take a while for Marlon,” he said.

Analyzes slightly favored Baltimore by two points (47.1%) over kick (46.5%), according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

Jackson supported Harbaugh’s decision.

“I want to win,” Jackson said. “I didn’t want to work overtime anyway. “

As the Ravens trailed 20-13, Jackson topped a 60-yard run by hitting Sammy Watkins for a 6-yard touchdown. Then on the 2-point conversion Andrews was discovered in the right flat but Jackson had to step up and adjust his shot because Steelers linebacker TJ Watt was in his face.

Jackson is now 3 out of 10 on 2 point conversions over his career (either running or passing). This is the second-worst conversion rate in the past 20 seasons among 40 players with more than 10 2-point conversion attempts, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

“TJ Watt has reach. He’s a long guy, ”Jackson said. “I had to throw myself around him and try to shake things up. That’s all. I’ve failed. “

Andrews accepted the blame for the failed conversion.

« [It] was a good choice of play, ”said Andrews. “I came wide open. Lamar threw a big ball; I just didn’t play the game. “

Over the past three seasons, the teams are 3v8 (37.5%) on 2-point conversion attempts when they lost a point in the fourth quarter. They are 10 out of 23 (43.4%) in these situations since 2000.

Harbaugh was happy with the play appeal, not the execution.

“It was a game of thumbs up,” Harbaugh said. “You saw Al Pacino’s speech in ‘Any Given Sunday’. And There you go. It’s football. It is very close. “

It was the fourth time in five games that a Ravens-Steelers game has been decided by five points or less.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin wasn’t surprised that the Ravens are aiming for the win.

“They’re aggressively playing analytics,” Tomlin said. “From that point of view, they’re predictable.

Baltimore allowed Pittsburgh to score from all three of their fourth quarter practices, then lost their top corner to Humphrey. Going into Sunday’s game, the Ravens were already battling corner injuries, with all of their assets – Anthony Averett (shoulder / ankle), Tavon Young (illness), Jimmy Smith (neck / ankle) – missing at least a workout last week.

The Baltimore high school has already dealt with late season injuries to two high school starters: cornerback Marcus Peters (knee) and safety back DeShon Elliott (torn biceps / pectoral muscles).

“We have a lot of injuries, so we’ve been dealing with stress all season, and we’ve always been able to overcome it,” said Ravens nose tackle Brandon Williams. “So that’s what we plan to do. It’s a ‘Next Man Up’ mentality, so the series must continue. “

Despite the defeat, the Ravens (8-4) still lead the AFC North by one game. Baltimore will then play against the Cleveland Browns (6-6), who are coming off a pass.

ESPN’s Brooke Pryor contributed to this report.


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