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John Harbaugh pondering what went so wrong Saturday evening
As was said earlier, credit must be given to the Steelers for capitalizing on Baltimore’s mistakes and making a few more plays than the Ravens did over the course of Saturday’s AFC divisional playoff game. That’s why Pittsburgh won the game.
Overall, the quality of officiating was terrible—possibly the worst in several years of playoff history, and both teams benefited from calls and non-calls on the field.
As Shannon Sharpe said during the CBS Postgame Report, “The refs should’ve let the players play football, but congratulations to the Pittsburgh Steelers.”
This was Sharpe’s last comment about the game during the CBS Postgame Report segment, and it was a fair assessment of the game itself. Take it as you may.
Today, many fans in Baltimore are second-guessing Joe Flacco’s ability to lead a team to the only game that matters, the Super Bowl. While some discussion is necessary in evaluating Flacco’s progress over his three-year career, there’s no doubt this young player will grow into a superstar, leading the Ravens to the big dance in the near future.
It’s worthwhile to note that Joe Flacco will join Dan Marino and Bernie Kosar as the only quarterbacks since the 1970 NFL merger to make a playoff start in three consecutive postseasons to start a career.
Still, Flacco has yet to prove himself in games that matter the most. Flacco has failed to throw for more than 200 yards in six playoff appearances. This is perhaps the most bothersome stat for the Ravens and their respective fans. It’s something the team will have to figure out as they work with Flacco in his development.
In the end, the Ravens lost to a Steelers team that’s likely to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. Next season, however, Baltimore must figure out how to clear this perpetual hurdle called, the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Todd McGregor is a Baltimore Ravens Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report.
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