AFC North

Rams Knock Off Ravens 20-19 in Baltimore

Odell Beckham Jr celebrates after scoring the go ahead touchdown vs Baltimore.
Photo by Nick Wass/ Associated Press

The Baltimore Ravens hosted the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday in a must-win situation. The Ravens needed to win their final two games of the season for a realistic chance at making the playoffs. After playing an impressive first half, the Ravens could not hold on to win the game, after having a two possession lead midway through the third quarter. Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr scored a 7-yard touchdown with 57 seconds remaining to take the lead. The Rams held on to win 20-19. This loss was likely the final dagger to Baltimore’s season as they will need a miracle in Week 18 to clinch a playoff spot.

REDZONE STRUGGLES

Baltimore was once again without their MVP quarterback Lamar Jackson for the third straight week. As a result, Tyler Huntley would get another start and need to lead the Ravens to a win. Huntley played a good enough game to win, but the Ravens inability to score touchdowns in the red zone came back to haunt them. The Ravens did not score an offensive touchdown as they kicked four field goals on top of their defensive touchdown. Kicking only field goals against an offense that averages 28 points per game is not a recipe for success, so Baltimore can only blame themselves. If the Ravens had turned one of those four field goals into a touchdown, they would be sitting at 9-7 instead of 8-8.

DEFENSE KEPT RAVENS ALIVE

The Ravens defense has been decimated by injuries all season long, but on Sunday they were the reason the Ravens had a chance to win the game. Saftey Chuck Clark had an interception for a touchdown in the first quarter to put the Ravens up 7-0. After that, they held the Rams’ offense to 20 points which is 8 points less than their average per game. The defense showed up on Sunday. This loss falls on the offense.

RECORD SETTING SUNDAY IN BALTIMORE

Sunday saw both franchises all-time records for receiving yards in a season get broken. For the Ravens, tight end Mark Andrews broke the Ravens’ single season record. The record for the Ravens was held by former wide receiver Michael Jackson, who had 1,201 yards in one season. After Sunday, Andrews now has 1,276 yards on this season.

For the Rams, wide receiver Cooper Kupp broke their franchise record, which was held by former wide receiver Isaac Bruce, who had 1,781 yards in one season. After Sunday, Kupp is at 1,829 yards on this season. If Kupp can get 136 yards next week he will set the single season record for receiving yards in a season, breaking Calvin Johnson’s record.

WHAT’S AT STAKE IN WEEK 18?

Baltimore is not officially eliminated from playoff contention, but their chances sit at 2%, according to ESPN’s Power Index. With playoffs most likely out the window, the Ravens will look to play spoiler next week. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be playing the final game of his career. A win next week could be a decent consolation prize to end this very tough season. So, there still should be a good effort from Baltimore next week.

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