Ravens kicker Justin Tucker said the footballs used for kicking plays in Saturday night's game at the Los Angeles Chargers were "just different than what we’re used to experiencing on your typical NFL Sunday.”
The Ravens will play for the AFC North title Sunday, but they find themselves in the odd position of wooing their own fans back to M&T Bank Stadium. Home games have been sold out this year, but the stands have not generally been full, and the team is searching for ways to excite its audience.
It is the unwritten rule that almost everyone seems to accept as fact: If John Harbaugh’s Ravens do not make the playoffs, he will be fired as head coach. That might be true, but with a caveat: If the Ravens get into the playoffs and lose ugly in the first round, Harbaugh could be fired, too.
The celebration will also feature a video commemorating the “Greatest Game Ever Played,” in which Unitas rallied the Colts to an overtime victory over the New York Giants for the team’s first NFL championship.
Making a change is never easy on the player. It’s even worse on the coach whose job it is to put the players on the field that gives his team the best chance of winning. It’s a difficult decision because of the relationships that we form with each player.
“Yeah, I saw it,” John Harbaugh said of a noncall on the final play of the game. “I think you guys should write what you see. You want us to get up here and criticize the officiating. You saw the officiating all day."