Monday, December 23, 2013
Harbaugh regrets trying fourth-quarter FG
By Jamison Hensley
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh regretted the decision to kick a field goal instead of going for it on fourth down when his team trailed by 20 points in the fourth quarter.
Justin Tucker missed the 37-yard kick on Sunday, but it would've been a three-score game anyway even if Tucker had made it.
"If I had to do that one again, I would have gone for that," Harbaugh said Monday, a day after the Ravens' 41-7 loss to the New England Patriots.
On the previous drive, the Ravens were stopped on fourth-and-1 at the Patriots' 4-yard line. After forcing a three-and-out, the Ravens got favorable field position, and in Harbaugh's mind, they would get at least three points out of it.
So Harbaugh chose to kick a field goal when faced with fourth-and-5 at the Patriots' 19-yard line. But, given that the Ravens trailed 20-0, they still would've needed three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to come back whether the kick was good or not.
"During the flow of the game, I think I felt differently about it at the time," Harbaugh said. "But looking back on it, I would agree with anybody that feels like we should have gone for it. I wish I'd gone for that."
The Ravens were 0-for-3 on fourth down Sunday, which follows their trend this season. Baltimore has converted 6 of 14 fourth-down chances (42.9 percent), which ranks 19th in the NFL.