Were Ravens too passive in final minute?

Were Ravens too passive in final minute?
December 9, 2012, 10:15 pm
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Flacco, Ravens not feeling sorry for themselves

Were the Ravens too passive at the end of regulation against the Redskins?

In the wake of the Ravens' 31-28 overtime loss,  there is plenty of hand-wringing over the Ravens' decision to essentially concede the final 30 seconds of regulation and play for overtime. The Ravens had just taken over at their 20-yard line with the score tied and they had one time out left.

It's worth noting that the Redskins' kickoff after their game-tying two-point conversion came within inches of being kicked out of bounds. That would have given the Ravens the ball at the 40-yard line and might have changed everything. Instead, the play, in which the ball bounced at about the 2-yard line near the right sideline and then landed out of bounds in the end zone, was ruled a touchback. Jacoby Jones protested furiously to no avail, but the call turned out to be huge.

With the Ravens starting at the Ravens' 20-yard line instead of the 40, quarterback Joe Flacco took a knee, and overtime followed.

Should the Ravens have taken a shot or two downfield? The Redskins have the league's 31st-ranked pass defense and have given up 10 plays this season of 40-plus yards. Wide receiver Torrey Smith had shown that he could get behind the Redskins secondary. Forty yards would have translated into about a 57-yard field-goal try by Justin Tucker, possibly within his range even in the foggy soup of Fed Ex Field on Sunday.

Then again, Flacco had already been strip-sacked once, and a turnover would have given the Redskins a chance to win the game right then.

The Ravens essentially needed 40 yards in 28 seconds, with one timeout. Should Flacco have been entrusted to try to win it right there? Would Aaron Rodgers? Tom Brady? Other elite quarterbacks?

Flacco, for one, had no issue with the decision.

"It's kind of tough in that situation," he said. "I don't really question what we did. It was kind of a point that it was in overtime and that's what we were playing for, and that's what happened, and we just didn't get it done."




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