The Baltimore Ravens got a huge victory to push them into the postseason. Here are 10 observations from their performance:
10. The Ravens continue to leave points on the field:
The biggest problem the Baltimore Ravens have had this season is that they leave too many points on the field. This week Lamar Jackson had a goal line fumble, and had a touchdown run called back due to a penalty. It’s anything but a new problem. The Ravens have been missing on chances to score all season long. Do you remember Alex Collins fumbling the football on the goal line in week 4? In the first battle with the Browns the Ravens found every way not to score, with dropped passes, turnovers and a blocked field goal.
The Ravens left points on the field when they battled the Chargers in Los Angeles. It’s been a reoccurring thing. The purple and black have had too many chances to score slip away from them. The Ravens are heading to the playoffs. They need more drives ending in touchdowns and less mistakes within striking distance.
9. The defense came up with a huge stop, unlike last year:
The Ravens gave Baker Mayfield one last chance to ruin the day. It was a huge mistake that didn’t end up costing them their division championship. The Ravens even gave up two big plays on the drive, both of which required further review. The Browns faced a difficult decision. They could either kick a long field goal, or they could go for it on 4th & 10. The Browns went for it and C.J. Mosley came away with the most important interception of his career.
You would have had to be a robot to avoid the emotions of the moment, if you were watching the game as a Ravens fan. That’s because it was shaping up like last year and the year before it. The Ravens had a lead in a win and you’re in situation. Heartbreak truly felt inevitable. The Ravens defense has longed for redemption all season long. They got in on Sunday. The number one defense in the NFL may have made it more dramatic than we would have liked, but it was still an incredible stop.