The Baltimore Ravens lost a tight divisional game to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. The game ended on a controversial two-point attempt by head coach John Harbaugh that would have won the game but fell just short. Ravens star Lamar Jackson offered his thoughts on the failed two-point attempt.
“It was cool. I really didn’t — when I looked at the score, I saw it was 19-20. Perfect play call. We’re going to make it happen. [We] just came up short.”
Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is cool with John Harbaugh’s decision to go for two there against the Steelers. And why wouldn’t he be?
It’s completely fair to question the strategy, especially when Baltimore fields perhaps the best kicker of all time in Justin Tucker, who has yet to miss an extra point this season.
Still, the bottom line is, the play put Jackson and the Ravens in a position to convert against Pittsburgh, they just didn’t execute. They were moving the ball well on the Steelers’ defense after a critical third down conversion, seemingly getting whatever they wanted. Tight end Mark Andrews couldn’t haul in Jackson’s pass.
Even in a disappointing end, Ravens fans have to love the confidence from Jackson. It sounds like he and Harbaugh were completely of the same mindset- and maybe the Steelers were too. However, it’s a good sign that Jackson had complete faith in the call and that he seems to buy into Harbaugh’s thinking. In fact, Jackson may have pushed back at his head coach if Harbaugh had opted to kick the extra point.
After all, as Herm Edwards said, you play to win the game.