When you've lost to the Cleveland Browns (2-7) and Jaguars (3-6) at home in the same season, and you can't beat the San Francisco 49ers (3-7) on the road, it's tough to maintain any optimism, try as the Ravens might.
"I really don't know what to say or feel at this point," Ravens guard Marshal Yanda said. "All I know is that we need to put this behind us, and move on to St. Louis. There's really nothing more to say about this, and there's nothing we can do about this."
The focus following the game was on the chaotic last couple of seconds, which produced so many questions and laments.
Did the Jaguars get that final snap off before Dumervil's face mask? CBS replays showed that the ball was snapped just before the clock hit zero. Several Ravens, however, had their doubts.
Was everybody set on the play? Replays appeared to show that the Jaguars were, yet several of the Ravens started celebrating.
"We all thought the game was over, but we have to finish better," said Ravens outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw, who had his hands raised and his back to the play when the ball was snapped. "We kind of left 'Doom' out there alone. We can't stop like that."
And what exactly happened to Dumervil, who could have taken Bortles down in a number of legal ways?
"I don't know what else you can say about that," Harbaugh said. "You don't want to get a hand on a face mask there. Look at Elvis, how he's playing. The guy is playing out of his mind. He's playing with tremendous effort and energy and heart. It's a disappointing play, obviously. He's going to feel it more than anybody."
Several players rallied to Dumervil's defense.
"I thought we lost the game way before that," wide receiver Kamar Aiken said.
Two plays before the penalty, Ravens safety Kendrick Lewis had the game-ending interception in hands, and he dropped it. The Ravens broke their forced turnover drought at five games and 61 full possessions on Lardarius Webb's second-quarter interception, which led to Joe Flacco's 10-yard touchdown pass to Crockett Gillmore. But they dropped three other potential interceptions.