3 takeaways from the Ravens Week 13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers

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3. The two-point try

The Baltimore Ravens, as an organization, have an aggressive winning mentality. And that mentality was expressed on Sunday against the Steelers.

Instead of doing the conventional by kicking the PAT, Harbaugh decided to win the game by going for two. Although they failed, I believe it was a good decision and an embodiment of this team.

Harbaugh’s reasoning was that the Ravens were too decimated with injuries due to Humphrey and others going down. However, based on past experiences, I believe he would’ve gone for it regardless.

In Week 2 against the Kansas City Chiefs, they went for it on fourth down on their side of the field with a one-point lead. They did it multiple times against the Titans in the playoffs. And everyone remembers the fourth-down conversation in Seattle a few years ago.

Harbaugh trusts his players to make plays whether on offense or defense. He trusted his offense to win the game for them. And this time in a game of inches, the Ravens’ didn’t succeed.

That’s reality. Sometimes risks pay off and sometimes they don’t. Many people will bash them for making this decision but that’s only because those people are evaluating it off of the results.

The Ravens were not playing to tie the game, they played with the mentality to win it. However, this time, it didn’t work in their favor.

Chris Broussard is wrong in the above video. It was an excellent play call because Mark Andrews was wide open. The Ravens just didn’t execute.

Also, another reason why Harbaugh may have wanted to end the game was because of health reasons. The team had already lost Humphrey and Mekari. With their injury luck, they could not afford another player going down.

With a difficult schedule ahead, this most likely will not be the last time the Ravens will be faced with a decision that will decide the outcome of the football game.

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Although they failed on Sunday, I can almost guarantee that Harbaugh and the Ravens will stay aggressive to win games.