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John Harbaugh Discusses Controversial 2-Point Decisions Following Loss to Packers



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Baltimore Raves head coach John Harbaugh is doubling down on the controversial late game two-point conversion decisions he made during the Ravens loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night.

“We were just trying to get the win right there,” Harbaugh said, according to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. “I think our chances of winning right there were a little bit higher than overtime, maybe if you calculate it out. I felt good about it.”

“The numbers are the numbers, but the numbers aren’t perfect,” Harbaugh said. “I can tell you this; I’ve shot a lot of holes in the numbers with the numbers guys. They don’t take everything into account, so you just make a decision. The numbers are part of it, but the numbers aren’t the main decision.”

Harbaugh could have had kicker Justin Tucker, the most accurate kicker in NFL history, kick an extra point to tie the game in either scenario, but instead opted to attempt a two-point conversion, a decision that was apparently supported by the team.

“That was ‘the’ decision. I don’t think there is anything else,” Ravens tight end Mark Andrews said. “I told Coach that I wouldn’t have it any other way. People that second-guess that are wrong. I think that was the right thing to do.”

Packers coach Matt LaFleur agreed with Harbaugh’s decision, admitting that he would have done the same.

“If I were on that sideline, absolutely. I absolutely would have,” LaFleur said. “That’s what I anticipated.”

“It goes by situation to situation” Harbaugh added. “To me, in both of those cases, that gave us the best chance to win. Because we didn’t win doesn’t make it not true. It’s still true now, just as true as it was then. So, it doesn’t always work out.”


Anthony DiMoro is the creator of Sports Rants and the CEO of Elite Rank Media. He is a former Contributor for Forbes and the Huffington Post where he covered sports, social media, and SEO. Anthony formerly hosted the 'Forbes SportsMoney Podcast'.