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Ravens need to find 'killer instinct'

The Ravens have lost fourth-quarter leads in seven of 12 games this season. John Harbaugh’s record in games decided by six points or less is 6-12 (.333), including 3-4 this season.

Some fans wonder if the Ravens have “a killer instinct,” but Harbaugh said he doesn’t believe in that term.

“I think it’s a cliché’,” he said. “I’ve never heard anyone described it in a practical way. You execute and make plays in critical situations that win you games. You can put any term on it that you want. It’s execution.”

In all four of the Ravens’ losses this season – Cincinnati, New England, Atlanta and Pittsburgh – the Ravens have given up the lead in the final five minutes of regulation. Asked about the Ravens’ struggles to close out games, Harbaugh took a different tact in his response.

“I think if you look at all of our games, we don’t ever get blown out by anybody, do we?” he said. “We’ve got a bunch of guys that know how to fight, and so when we do lose, and we lose close ones. That’s not closing out. So, I’m disappointed in the four games we lost that we didn’t close them out. We’ve got to find a way to get that done in the next four weeks.”

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