Joe Flacco walked slowly off the field, his hands resting on his hips and his head down. He didn’t even give a cursory glance at the Cincinnati Bengals celebrating in the end zone.
When he finally got to the sideline following Dre Kirkpatrick’s 21-yard interception return for a touchdown, Flacco pulled off his helmet and tossed it to the ground, creating a defining image for a Ravens season that was just minutes away from ending.
Whether that was the moment when it had finally set in for Flacco and the rest of his teammates is unclear, but they’ll have plenty of time to digest the reality now.
The Ravens are not going to the playoffs, their title defense officially...