Broncos Head Coach Slams Ravens for Chasing Record on Final Play of Game

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson in 2018
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson in 2018. Photo by John Mersits/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9795810bd)

On the final play of their 23-7 win over the Denver Broncos, the Baltimore Ravens did something unimaginable. Despite having a huge lead, the Ravens decided to run one more play instead of taking a knee, going against an unwritten rule in these types of situations.

The Ravens justified their decision because they were chasing a record for most consecutive games with 100+ rushing yards, but it’s safe to say that this wasn’t enough to calm down Broncos head coach Vic Fangio.

“I thought it was kind of bulls—. I expected it from them,” Fangio on Monday during a press conference. “Thirty-seven years of pro ball I’ve never seen anything like that … but it was to be expected, and we expected it.”

Baltimore achieved their goal with the play, with quarterback Lamar Jackson gaining five yards and getting their total to 102 yards. This marked their 43rd consecutive game with more than 100 yards on the ground and tied the NFL record posted by their AFC North rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers, between 1974 and 1977. 

It’s worth pointing out that the Ravens shouldn’t have even got the ball. Denver’s quarterback Drew Lock, who came in after starter Teddy Bridgewater got hurt, threw a red zone interception with 10 seconds left on the clock. This left three seconds in regulation, enough for Baltimore to run one more play.