The fourth quarter was winding down as the Baltimore Ravens trailed the Green Bay Packers by a touchdown. Lamar Jackson was on the sideline, and Tyler Huntley was the starting quarterback for John Harbaugh’s team.
Then, Huntley scored his second rushing touchdown of the quarter with an 8-yard scamper to bring the Ravens within one point, which would send the game to overtime.
But, this is Harbaugh. He plays aggressive football, and even with his backup QB in the game, he once again trotted out the offense with a chance to win the game on a two-point conversion. However, it wasn’t entirely Harbaugh’s choice, as some video evidence showed up hours after the game.
The Ravens stormed back in the 4th quarter to make it a tight one with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers
No Lamar, no problem for Baltimore, thanks to a masterful performance from Huntley against one of the best teams in the NFL.
The undrafted quarterback out of Utah made Ravens history in the process, becoming the first player to score twice on the ground and throw a pair of scores.
Yes, not even Lamar Jackson was able to accomplish this feat. However, it looked like the Packers would quickly run away with this game.
Green Bay held a 31-17 lead with less than 10 minutes remaining. But Huntley drove the Ravens offense down the field and scored two rushing touchdowns in the final five minutes to set them up for a tie.
Harbaugh didn’t hesitate at the moment, or at least it seemed, and trotted out Huntley and the offense to attempt to win the game right then and there.
This is just a crushing way to lose, and this is the second time Harbaugh has called for a game-winning two-point try, with the last one coming against the Pittsburgh Steelers at the start of December. He rolled the dice again, and it didn’t work out.
However, there is some evidence that the Ravens head coach didn’t just influence the decision.
The decision to go for two was a team effort, believe it or not
Watch the video and everything makes sense. Sure, Harbaugh’s decision against the Steelers was a bit different.
This time around? The Ravens head coach asked his players what they wanted to do — and in agreement — they decided to win the game right then and there.
“Go for two.”
“Let’s win this, man.”
“That was the right move.”
These were all words echoed by the Ravens players, including Huntley and star tight end Mark Andrews. They never wavered, never disagreed, and were set on going for two to win the game right then and there.
It might have been a bold call, but Andrews even elaborated a bit more after the game (h/t Jamison Hensley of ESPN).
“That was ‘the’ decision. Anyone who second-guesses that is wrong.”Mark Andrews on Ravens 2-point try
The players have the coaches back, and the coach believes and trusts in every one of his players — even his backup quarterback with the game on the line.
And why not? Huntley played a fantastic game and might have opened the eyes of some teams who need quarterback help in 2022.
The loss to the Packers flips the playoff picture upside down and currently has Baltimore on the outside looking in
With the loss, Baltimore goes from a division lead to being just out of the playoff picture for the time being. The AFC North is a mess, and the Browns can go from first to last depending on how things go against the Raiders.
A lot can change from here on out, but one must wonder what would have happened if the Ravens tied it up and sent it to overtime.
Either way, that’s a lost cause at this point. The bigger picture is that this was a team decision by the Ravens, which is how Harbaugh’s squad lives and breathes.
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