USA About: Ravens Publish: 12/21/2021 Edit: 12/21/2021 Author: Gardener
For the second time within three Sundays, the Baltimore Ravens scored a late touchdown that put them within one point of the opponent. Coach John Harbaugh decided not to bet on a point tie, but on a two-point lead. So, with no limitations in this area (other than our ability to attract your attention), here's a look at the various factors that were (or should have been) relevant to Harbaugh's decision - and which will be relevant to future situations, which work in the same or similar way. When the Ravens took on the Steelers in Week 13, there were 12 seconds left on the clock. If Baltimore had converted, the Steelers would most likely have had no chance of winning the game with a late field goal or touchdown. On Sunday, Baltimore's two-point attempt took place 42 seconds behind. So while it was truly a win-or-lose win in Pittsburgh, Sunday's game would go on for a while, and possibly just long enough. In week three, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers got the ball back 37 seconds back with zero timeouts, one point less than the 49ers. Rodgers led Green Bay to victory with a 42-yard drive in six games that put the Packers in position for a 51-yard field goal. Rodgers would probably have done the same thing all over again against the Ravens. The urgency of Green Bay would have been very different in a tie than if the Ravens were ahead. In the event of a tie, the Packers would have been much more careful to flip the ball. If they'd ended up at their own end of the field, fourth behind, they would have stabbed. At any point during that final ride, the Packers could have decided to just bend their knees and go into overtime. 4. The menu of available two-point renditions. One important factor that is often lost when rattling down percentages for kicking the extra point and aiming to two points is the fact that, while the kick generally works like most mechanical suggestions that are based on objectivity (z- Point conversion becomes more complicated than calling “heads” or “tails.” In the week leading up to the game, the offense develops their potential two-point games for use in the game. How well the head coach thinks of the options becomes a factor in this Deciding whether to go for it. That was what drove Vikings coach Mike Zimmer's public complaints two weeks ago about his team's game calls when he tried (and failed) multiple times to make two-point conversions against the Lions The head coach knows (or should know) what the decisions are for the current game. The head coach knows (or should know) whether to trust exists or not that these moves work against this defense. The head coach knows (or should know) which specific play is used when making any decision for two. 5. The ability of the players to play the game as called. This is part of the fourth factor, but it deserves its own explanation. How confident are the coaching staff about the men asked to get the ball over the goal line? Many in support of Baltimore's decision to go for two didn't like the game called up as quarterback Tyler Huntley sprinted to the right and threw the ball at Mark Andrews, who was covered by a pair of Packers. Andrews was partially covered because, as Harbaugh explained after the game, Security Darnell Savage stormed in from the left to make it more difficult for passerby and receiver to connect. But what if the game was designed to potentially get Andrews to safety and clear the middle of the field - where receiver Marquise Brown was completely open? What if Huntley should read Savage, toss Andrews if Savage stayed in place, and look for Brown if Savage swallowed the bait? Harbaugh would not be expected to make this public; Huntley played admirably in place of Lamar Jackson, and it would be nothing to challenge Huntley to do. However, it is possible that the play call seemed so bad because Huntley read the security poorly. After the Ravens pick two and lose to the Steelers, trainer Mike Tomlin said Baltimore is predictable in its willingness to pick two. This predictability gives any team preparing to battle the Ravens more emphasis to work, work, and work on on their two point defensive games and concepts. The point is that when it comes to choosing two, it isn't nearly as easy as calling up a rock, paper, scissors game, shaking a Magic 8 ball, or cracking numbers.
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