Here's an article from ESPN about how the Bungles defied the odds against John Harbaugh. To summarize why the outcome was so surprising.
- Baltimore went into the the game with 97% odds of making the playoffs They only needed one of three things to happen on Sunday to get in: (1) Titans lose, (2) Bills lose, (3) they themselves win.
- The moment before Andy Dalton threw the winning touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd, the Ravens had a 94.3% chance of winning the game.
- "Over the past decade, teams had converted only 18.2 percent of the time on fourth downs of 12 yards or longer (75-of-412)."
- In his previous NFL career, Dalton had only thrown one other TD pass with less than a minute to play.
- As a pro, Boyd had never caught a pass -- any pass - for longer than 30 yards.
- "Baltimore is one of the best when it comes to closing out teams. ... Over the past 25 weeks, Baltimore has only allowed winning touchdowns in the final minute twice." The other time was Christmas night last year against the Steelers.
- Link: http://www.espn.com/blog/afcnorth/post/_/id/93709/ravens-defy-the-odds-in-turning-near-playoff-certainty-into-a-bad-dream
But Dalton connected with Boyd to dash the their playoff hopes. Thus the worst regular season loss in Ravens history came to pass.
Not a great way to end a Holiday weekend for the older Harbaugh brother. For the younger Harbaugh brother, he was the only Big 10 coach to lose a bowl game this season.
Bell-cow quarterbacks are like queen bees. Only one can take you to the land of milk and honey.
~ What Mike Brown should have said, versus what he did say.