Not much went right for the Baltimore Ravens in their 17-3 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Saturday night in the NFL’s divisional round.
Justin Tucker, the NFL’s most accurate kicker, missed his first two field goal attempts by hitting the ball both times off the uprights. His lone make was even close.
After getting to halftime tied at three, Harbaugh’s defense gave up an opening drive score that culminated in Stefon Diggs catching a quick Josh Allen pass. Baltimore would put together a 15-play drive that lasted close to nine minutes and took them all the way down to Buffalo’s nine yard line. On 3rd and goal, Lamar Jackson would look for his favorite target, tight end Mark Andrews, only to have Taron Johnson jump in front of the pass and take it 101-yards to the house to make it a two-score lead for Buffalo. It was the first red zone interception of Jackson’s career.
Poor snaps plagued Baltimore throughout the evening as well and the Ravens’ ensuing drive, Jackson would have to run back near his end zone to recover the loose ball. He attempted to throw it away, but was flagged for intentional grounding and injured on the play. He would be placed in the concussion protocol and not return to the game.
Despite a bad day at the office all around, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh was nothing but class to Bills head coach Sean McDermott. Following Buffalo’s victory, Harbaugh had a simple message for McDermott.
Win the whole thing.
Postgame, Harbaugh met with the media and praised Buffalo’s game plan.
“Congratulations to the Bills,” Harbaugh said in his opening statement. “Obviously they played a very good football game in all three phases. They were mistake free and capitalized on their opportunities. At the beginning of the second half was a big one then, also, the turnover. They did a great job. Sean, Leslie and all their guys, congratulations.
Buffalo will find out who they will face in the AFC Championship game tomorrow afternoon when the Cleveland Browns take on the Kansas City Chiefs. If Cleveland pulls off the upset, Buffalo will host the championship game. If Kansas City wins, however, the Bills will head to Arrowhead Stadium.