- John Harbaugh and the Ravens decided to pursue their streak of consecutive 100-yard rushing games (43) on a last second rush rather than taking a knee.
- Broncos coach Vic Fangio openly criticized the self-serving move, which has sparked a fervent debate online about the blurred lines of sportsmanship.
- Vic Fangio was furious, but he looked like a huge loser and Harbaugh put him in his place.
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Terry Bradshaw may go full Mark Gastineau after the Baltimore Ravens tied his 1974-1977 Pittsburgh Steelers’ streak of consecutive 100-yard rushing games (43) on an unsavory last second rush.
During the final seconds of a 23-7 victory Sunday at Empower Field at Mile High with the record just 3 yards away, John Harbaugh called a designed QB run for Lamar Jackson, who picked up 5 yards rather than drop to a knee as would be typical with the game all but over.
Broncos head coach Vic Fangio was not happy about the choice, and Harbaugh shot back by acknowledging Fangio’s offense taking stabs at the end zone with 10 seconds left and the game out of reach: “I don’t know that there’s a 16-point touchdown.”
— 9NEWS Sports Denver (@9NEWSSports) October 4, 2021
The Broncos must’ve been extra salty about the run seeing as the entire game, they were stacking the box to prevent becoming a statistic: “Obviously, that was a very important goal for those guys, to keep us under 100 yards apparently,” Harbaugh said after the game.
In the wake of the decision, there was a fervent debate online which coach is being more petty: Vic, who called the tactic “bullshit,” or John, who allegedly put erroneous records over sportsmanship and player safety.
The Case For John:
What’s understood doesn’t have to be explained. Nearly every team in NFL history has taken a knee up 2 scores with 3 seconds on the clock. But the Baltimore Ravens DO NOT CARE about your feelings. They wanted the rushing record and they went and got it. Don’t like it? Stop them.
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) October 4, 2021
Game was over & Denver kept fighting. Which is fair. But once we got the int, it's fair we fight to get the record. https://t.co/MmGSMynLnk
— Ruthless Raven (@RuthlessRaven8) October 3, 2021
Harbaugh running for 5 yards at the end of the game https://t.co/pKTRcj9lAg
— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) October 4, 2021
Down by 16 late in the 4th, with 0:28 left, Fangio took 3 timeouts trying to score a meaningless TD. Spare me pic.twitter.com/N8xNj2DeNt
— 🦆 (@kawhilawnerd) October 4, 2021
“Why would you run a play like that for a pointless record harbaugh?”
John harbaugh: pic.twitter.com/MW6fVUQVYB
— Joeu (@SotoLamarKing) October 3, 2021
1) I’ll never understand why *professionals* whine when opponents don’t go easy on them.
2) Denver called 3 timeouts in last 36 sec, making a final run possible.
3) Ravens have every right to use every second to try to break a 44-year record.
4) If you don’t like it, stop it. https://t.co/HUDMKir28A
— Sarah Ellison (@sgellison) October 4, 2021
Had 59 mins 57 secs to do something about it. Don’t get mad at the last 3 secs. https://t.co/xQD0Q5XrkM
— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) October 4, 2021
I need to know if Vic has ever coached his defense to go after the snap on kneel downs or not.. https://t.co/WAZjCpPoQi
— Mike Golic Jr (@mikegolicjr) October 4, 2021
John Harbaugh deserves to be in the Hall of Fame for this alone https://t.co/MnDTpQv34G
— Kevin Oestreicher (@koestreicher34) October 4, 2021
I've got to disagree with coach on this one. They needed like 3 yds for a record/streak.
As a coach you do that for your players. I don't have any problem with Harbaugh going for it as long as no one gets hurt. https://t.co/7rLLYjzp9I
— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) October 4, 2021
The Case For Vic:
I can’t imagine what Harbaugh would say in a presser if a team did that to him.
— Russillo (@ryenarussillo) October 3, 2021
The Ravens unnecessarily put 22 players at additional risk in a blowout to tie a record.
However, if you're the Broncos and upset about it, well should've played better.
— Erick Trickel (@ErickTrickel) October 4, 2021
Ravens not kneeling a victory to try for a record is weak.
— TJDMCR – 716 OG (@TJDMCR) October 3, 2021
Running for a record at the end when the game is decided is absolutely bush league @Ravens
— Eric Dorsey (@EricGDorsey) October 3, 2021
Well you’re not a coach in the NFL. Usually there’s a certain amount of class and respect for the other team and their coaches especially those who worked together in the past. It was bush league but I always thought Harbaugh was an asshole anyway.
— CaliMark (@marks1356) October 4, 2021
If you’re the Ravens, don’t you feel kinda cheap getting the record that way?
— Tyler Dollar $ign (@tylerORnot) October 4, 2021
Where do you stand? Yes, I def would’ve went for the record too.