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Ravens upset with communication breakdown, officiating in loss to Cardinals

Quarterback Joe Flacco acknowledged after the Ravens' 26-18 loss to the Arizona Cardinals that his team didn't play well enough to win. But that doesn't mean that the Ravens weren't ticked off by a communication breakdown late in the game and several calls made by Ronald Torbert's officiating crew.

Coach John Harbaugh said the communication system was down on the visitors' sideline when the Ravens tried to drive down the field in the final minutes and tie the game with a touchdown and a two-point conversion.

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"The phones were going out. We lost our phones," Harbaugh said. "There's always going to be some confusion. The good thing was that we got everything done fast. We didn't lose any time. We'll go back and study it, but according to the clock, we got things done pretty darn quickly. But the phones were going out."

Harbaugh said Flacco couldn't hear offensive coordinator Marc Trestman, which forced players to have to run on the field with play calls and personnel groupings. The Ravens ultimately got all the way down to the Cardinals 4-yard line in the final seconds, but Flacco was intercepted by Tony Jefferson to seal the game.

"It was happening on and off throughout the game, but it got bad in the final drive," Harbaugh said. "All those kinds of things are really challenging when the phones are out."

After a 23-yard pass to tight end Crockett Gillmore got the Ravens down to the Cardinals 4-yard line, with less than 20 seconds to play, Flacco spiked the ball to stop the clock. On the next play, the Ravens were called for an illegal formation. And then on the following play – second-and-goal from the 9 – Flacco was picked off in the end zone.

It was eerily similar to how the Ravens' Week 1 loss to the Denver Broncos ended.

"It was way too hectic out there," Flacco said. "We were running guys in and out. It was just too much communication going on for the amount of time that we had left and guys were just confused. Rightfully so, it is loud out there and it was just a little bit too hectic."

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