The Baltimore Ravens (10-3) clinched a 37–31 overtime victory against the Los Angeles Rams (6-7) in Week 14, reaching the top of the AFC if only for a day depending on what the Miami Dolphins do today, in their Monday Night Football game against the Tennessee Titans.
While the matchup was a tight one in which no team ever got to build a large separation on the scoreboard from each other, the Ravens struck last and got the victory thanks to a 76-yard return courtesy of backup special-teams playmaker Tylan Wallace of all people.
It's worth noting that Baltimore started OT on offense and that they could have won the game then and there by scoring a touchdown, which they didn't. Neither did the Rams capitalize on that, however, as they couldn't score even a field goal to win the game in the second possession of overtime. Then, the Ravens undid Los Angeles' four-quarter-and-change job with a smooth return.
And after the affair was over, all Rams head coach and quarterback had to say about the loss was that it came down to technical problems with a headset. Wait, what?
Sean McVay and quarterback Matthew Stafford, according to the passer, suffered from communication problems impacting their on-field performance and leading up to an untimely timeout call late in the game.
"On that (timeout-leading) play, I just got to hear him better," Stafford was quoted saying by Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic. "I was unclear as to what play he was wanting in."
Stafford's performance was mixed, but he still completed 23-of-41 passes for 294 passing yards with three touchdowns. Blaming the loss on the headset while putting up those types of numbers is a little bit naive and certainly sounds like a silly excuse.
The Ravens' defense struggled against the Rams but ultimately stepped up and stopped them when it mattered the most, forcing them to kick a field goal in the final quarter leading up to overtime and then stopping them in their tracks before Tylan Wallace's game-winning return.
The Ravens moved to a 10-3 record on Sunday and the No. 1 seed in the AFC while the Rams dropped to a negative 6-7 record and are tied for seventh-best seed with four other NFC franchises through Sunday's matchup.