The Baltimore Ravens lost to the Cincinnati Bengals 24-17 in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley tried to jump over the goal line to score a touchdown, but the ball was batted away causing a 98-yard fumble recovery by Bengals’ defensive lineman Sam Hubbard, which ended up being the difference in the game.
After the game, head coach John Harbaugh talked about the contest, saying he was proud of his football team. He mentioned how he thought they played a winning football game, with the difference being the two turnovers that they had on Huntley’s fumble as well as his interception.
“Obviously, [that was] a hard-fought game. [I’m] really, really proud of our players. I thought we played a winning football game in many, many ways; [we] ran the ball well, threw the ball well, played outstanding defense, got the turnover. The difference was the two turnovers [we had] obviously; that hurt us – one really big one – but both led to scores, and that was probably the story of the game at the end. The other story is our guys, our guys. Tyler Huntley coming in and playing the way he played coming off the shoulder and the wrist injuries and fighting his way back onto the field and just giving it everything he had and that kind of a performance. Mark Andrews, coming up and just making play after play in the passing game. [The] offensive line, the way they blocked. J.K. [Dobbins] and Gus [Edwards], the way they ran. Then to the defense, I thought our defense was just all over the field and played great football. So, the key is we didn’t win the game; we’re disappointed in that, but I’ve got nothing but admiration for our guys. I’m very proud of our football team.”
The team now starts its offseason with plenty of storylines upcoming. Have we seen the last of offensive coordinator Greg Roman? Will the Ravens sign Lamar Jackson to a long-term contract, franchise tag him, or trade him? Can the team acquire a big-time receiver to help with the offense? There is plenty to ponder about in Baltimore in what will be an important few months.