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The real reason the Ravens went for 2 vs. Steelers, revealed

Ravens, John Harbaugh, Lamar Jackson

The Baltimore Ravens’ showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers came down to the wire. The Ravens scored a touchdown with 12 seconds left, pulling them within one of the Steelers. They decided to go for the win in regulation by going for two.

On the conversion attempt, Lamar Jackson faced immediate pressure from an inexplicably unlocked T.J. Watt. Jackson tossed a pass to tight end Mark Andrews, who could only get one hand on it and failed to reel the pass in. The Steelers held onto the win by a score of 20-19.

Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh said after the game that his decision to go for the two-point conversion was influenced by the lack of available cornerbacks he had at his disposal.

Harbaugh’s decision to go for the win was incredibly bold but it didn’t go the Ravens’ way. Going into overtime in an away game against a Steelers offense that scored two touchdowns (both passes from Ben Roethlisberger to Diontae Johnson) in the fourth quarter seemed like a risky situation for Baltimore. They were inches away from pulling off the win but couldn’t finish the job.

Jackson had himself a poor game overall, getting sacked seven times and throwing for just 253 yards and one touchdown. The 8-4 Ravens still sit atop the AFC North thanks to a loss from the Cincinnati Bengals. They’ll hit the road again next weekend to face the Cleveland Browns.