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Ravens coach John Harbaugh was uncertain about 2-point decision vs. Packers: ‘What do you want to do?’

Even Ravens coach John Harbaugh was uncertain about his much-debated decision to go for a 2-point conversion in the last minute of his team’s 31-30 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

In footage released by the team Monday, Harbaugh is shown asking quarterback Tyler Huntley whether he would want to attempt a go-ahead score if the Ravens scored another touchdown to cut the Packers’ lead to 31-30. Huntley said he did.

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After Huntley scrambled for an 8-yard score with 42 seconds left, Harbaugh asked a handful of offensive players, including Huntley, “What do you want to do?” He added: “We can go into overtime here or we can go for it.” An unidentified Ravens player told Harbaugh, “Let’s win, Coach.” Harbaugh agreed.

Packers safety Darnell Savage (Maryland) ultimately knocked down Huntley’s pass to tight end Mark Andrews, all but wrapping up the win.

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“I thought about it all night, of course you do,” Harbaugh said Monday. “There’s two choices, and they’re both viable. … It’s basically 50-50. We talked about it a lot and we decided to go for it. It didn’t work out. I know half the people are going to say we should have kicked it. I get it. They can certainly criticize me for it. I’m OK with that. I’ll criticize myself for it.”

Harbaugh’s choice drew extra scrutiny because he had gone for a 2-point conversion under similar circumstances two weeks earlier in Pittsburgh. That attempt also failed.

Harbaugh acknowledged that his scenario against the Packers was suboptimal because even if the Ravens had converted, Green Bay would have had 42 seconds to drive for a game-winning score.

“Forty-two seconds was a little bit more time than you really want,” he said. “I would rather have it be around 20 seconds. If we had had any more time than that, we certainly would have kicked it.”

Against the Steelers, he knew he would go for two throughout the Ravens’ final drive. This time, he waited until the last possible moment.

Asked whether he considered going for two earlier, when the Ravens pulled to within 31-23 with 4:47 remaining, Harbaugh said he thought the Packers might score again and “wanted to see how that played out.”

“It’s interesting how close this is and how tight these decisions are,” he said. “I guess it’s what makes it so exciting and when it doesn’t work out, so kind of devastating. Because if we’d have hit two of these 2-point conversions, we’d be No. 1 in the AFC right now.”


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