Ravens' final 2 minutes a frustrating exercise in playing it safe
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By Matthew Stevens

Alright, I understood the game was pretty much over by the time the Baltimore Ravens got the ball back at the end of the game. Down 11 points and with only 2:25 left on the clock with no timeouts, it would have taken just shy of a miracle to pull out a victory. But the Ravens absolutely deserve to be called out for what they put on the field at the end of the game.

Over 13 plays, Baltimore only managed to get 48 yards. Thanks to three- and four-yard dinks and dunks to the middle of the field, the Ravens barely did much worthy of note on their final drive. Clearly not looking to win the game at this point, it was all about padding the stats. If that wasn’t apparent by the short-yardage passing game for two minutes, it should have been by the lack of kicker Justin Tucker coming onto the field to even try a field goal to make it a one-score game again.

If it was Baltimore changing strategy mid-drive like coach John Harbaugh says, that makes even less sense and deserves even more criticism. They would have eaten up a ton of time for no reason and given themselves even less of a chance to...



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