Harbaugh on boos: 'We deserved it'

Harbaugh on boos: 'We deserved it'
December 17, 2012, 4:45 pm
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Harbaugh not shocked by fans booing

How the atmosphere at M&T Bank Stadium has changed.

It wasn't too long ago this was perhaps the most difficult place to play in the NFL. On a Monday night against the New England Patriots led by Tom Brady, the fan base helped will the Ravens to a 31-30 comeback win in the fourth quarter.

Looking shaky on offense since posting a franchise-record 55 points vs. the Oakland Raiders on Nov. 11, the Ravens only were trailing the Denver Broncos 3-0 until the boos started to creep in.

The Ravens had four consecutive three-plays-and-out possessions, with quarterback Joe Flacco fumbling on a third-and-1 sneak on their first drive that went into Broncos territory.

Then Flacco's accuracy suffered. He threw an incomplete pass well behind Ray Rice. He also threw high and over Tandon Doss to end their fourth possession, a rocket of a pass that wasn’t even close to being catchable.

The Ravens ended that first quarter with just 21 yards of offense and the defense playing well enough to minimize the damage of Flacco’s first turnover that resulted in a 27-yard field goal for Matt Prater.

When Chris Harris stepped underneath a pass by Flacco to Anquan Boldin near the goal line and took it 98 yards with 15 seconds left until the half for a 17-0 lead, the boos were in full force.

M&T Bank Stadium, where the Ravens had been unflappable until two weeks ago when their 15-game home winning streak was ended by the Pittsburgh Steelers, emptied quickly before the Broncos closed with a 34-17 victory. It was the Ravens' third loss in a row and second in a row at home. 

“It’s painful. There’s no question about it, it stings but rightfully so. That’s the way we'd played. We'd done things you can just do if you want to win a football game against a good team.  We did it in the most opportune times," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday, alluding to the turnovers from Flacco to start the game and before the half. "We deserved it. We’ve got to go earn those cheers. That's up to us."

When asked if Flacco was trying too hard which has led to mistakes, Harbaugh shot down the idea.

"I hope everybody’s pressing. I really do. I hope we’re all doing everything we can do to get a little bit better," he said. "Where the line is between that and getting better I don’t know."