That does it.
I’m a believer.
You people can continue with your in-game rants about Cam Cameron and Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense. I’ll just sit back for the rest of the season and watch them snatch victory from the jaws of defeat on their way to New Orleans in early February.
I’m serious. You can try and figure out a way to turn that win over the Chargers into a loss, but it’s not going to happen. Bark about Cam Cameron all you want, but he’s the Offensive Coordinator of a team that’s 9-2. Whine and complain about Joe Flacco until next Sunday when he dismantles that Steelers defense in a 27-10 win, but you’ll be whining about a quarterback who is 9-2 and headed to the playoffs for the 5th straight year.
You people can keep trying to convince yourself that this Ravens team stinks, but all you’re going to do is come out with egg on your face come January. Until today’s unlikely triumph over the Chargers, I was right there with you. I was a complainer and a moaner and a “how can we keep winning like this?” goofball after all of those fluky wins over Kansas City and Cleveland and Dallas and even Pittsburgh last week, where the Ravens barely snuck past Fred Sanford at quarterback for the Steelers.
But after watching Sunday’s game in San Diego unfold, I’m going over to the dark side with John Harbaugh.
It was a win.
The coach will say that over and over on Monday in his press conference and I’ll just nod my head in agreement.
The Ravens pulled off a true miracle against the Chargers – the likes of which we’ve never seen – connecting on a 4th and 29 in the final two minutes of the game and later using a Justin Tucker field goal in overtime to win, 16-13.
It was the ultimate rabbit-out-of-the-hat-trick that you’d see from David Copperfield.
And it sold me for the rest of the season.
Somehow, someway, despite the lethargic road offense – again – Baltimore stayed alive long enough to let the Chargers defense collapse at just the right moment. And when the Chargers whiffed on three tackle tries on that 4th and 29 play, the Ravens heartbeat pumped just enough blood into Joe Flacco and his wide receivers to tie the game, then win it in overtime after Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith made huge 3rd down grabs with the game on the line.
It was a miracle.
But it went the way we all wanted it.
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