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John Harbaugh 'not real happy' with Ravens' lack of success on fourth down

The Ravens' aggressive short-yardage strategy backfired in the red zone Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.

Instead of scoring a touchdown or earning a first down in the second quarter of a 20-13 loss, the Ravens' offense got stuffed on fourth-and-1 at the Colts' 3-yard line and turned the ball over on downs.

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Trailing by three points, the Ravens passed up an opportunity to tie the game with a field goal as quarterback Joe Flacco was sacked by blitzing safety Sergio Brown.  During the previous third-and-1 play, rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro was stopped at the line of scrimmage for no gain.

The Ravens have converted just three of seven fourth-down tries this season, which coach John Harbaugh acknowledged may lead him to rethink going for it in the future.

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"I'm not real happy with where we're at with our third-and-fourth-down conversion rate," Harbaugh said. "We have to get better at that. It's the execution more than anything. 'Well, if you had kicked the field goal there, you would have tied the game.' Well, it turned out we needed a touchdown. Maybe in hindsight, it was the right decision to go for it because I felt like it was going to be somewhat of a high-scoring game.

"It wasn't the wrong thing to go for it. The wrong thing is not getting it. We don't know we'll always go for it in the future. We may kick it in the future. Certainly not making it starts to make me think we ought to kick a few more of them. I have to be honest about that. You earn the right to go for those, and our offense is determined to make those. We need to earn the right to go for more of those."

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Left guard Kelechi Osemele bruised and slightly hyperextended his right knee, but he remained in the game. "He's sore, but he looks OK," Harbaugh said. Osemele downplayed the severity of the injury. … Strong safety Matt Elam suffered a contusion on his right shoulder. "He's a tough guy," Harbaugh said. "He should be OK." … Harbaugh praised rookie free safety Terrence Brooks, a third-round pick who played a season-high 44 snaps Sunday for three tackles, a pass deflection and a fumble recovery. "Terrence is really coming on," Harbaugh said. "He's really getting around the ball. He's playing deep, and he's playing short really well, equally well. What we envisioned when we drafted him. You play well, you earn more time, and he's doing that."

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