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Brave Calls, Tight Races NFL Setup for Wild Ends – CBS Baltimore

John Harbaugh once again won and the AFC North became even more messy.

The Ravens (8-6) lost their third game in a row on Sunday when Tyler Huntley threw imperfectly to Mark Andrews in a 2-point conversion attempt after Baltimore had rallied for two touchdowns in the last five minutes. together to win a point against Green Bay.

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The same thing happened on Week 13 in Pittsburgh. That time, Lamar Jackson threw imperfectly to Andrews and the Ravens lost to the Steelers 20-19.

Baltimore’s most recent loss knocked Raven out of first place and set up a showdown in Cincinnati (8-6) for the top spot next week.

The Browns (7-6) are right behind those two teams and host Las Vegas on Monday. Steelers (7-6-1) keep up with a impressive win overtakes Tennessee to lead the AFC.

The division will likely go down in the final week when Baltimore hosts Pittsburgh, and Cleveland hosts Cincinnati.

Perhaps Raven would be in a better position if they kicked in extra points and played overtime against the Steelers and Packers, although there’s no guarantee they’ll win either game.

“It happens on a case-by-case basis,” Harbaugh said. “Two situations that you want to talk about, if you want to go back and beat the season, I’m happy to do that. For me, in both of those cases, that gave us the best chance to win. Because we don’t win doesn’t make that wrong. It’s still true now, just as it was then. So it doesn’t always go smoothly.”

Harbaugh wasn’t the only coach whose aggressiveness backfired in Week 15. Chargers coach Brandon Staley conceded three goals only when his offense didn’t translate into a second goal. fourth time each in a 34-28 loss in extra time against Kansas City on Thursday night.

Nor did he apologise.

“I would never gamble as a coach,” Staley said. “These players mean so much to me. Our team means too much to me. I don’t gamble at all. I certainly wouldn’t be reckless, ever. I feel those are the win-win situations for us. I don’t think any of that reduces our chances of winning. I felt that doing so greatly increased our chances of winning. What we’re trying to establish here is the mindset that we’re going to try and win the game on our terms, and the team is going to have to beat us. “

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A win would put Los Angeles (8-6) season past the captains and put the Chargers in first place in the AFC West. Instead, the Chargers, like Raven, have a tougher task to approach post-season.

The close race in the AFC North is a microcosm of the NFL in 2021.

Only the Packers (11-3) won the championship. The Buccaneers (10-4) and the Cowboys (10-4) had a comfortable lead, but Tampa Bay missed the chance to win the NFC South and missed out on the first seed when it lost 9-0 to the Saints.

NFC West Suddenly Gets Closer to Arizona’s amazing loss in Detroit before The Lions had won a previous game. The Cardinals led the Rams by half a game (9-4) in the Los Angeles game against Seattle on Tuesday night.

The AFC East is set to win with New England (9-5) and Buffalo (8-6) one game apart. Indianapolis (8-6) is one game behind the Titans (9-5) but lost to them twice. Captain (10-4) leads two games against Chargers.

This is the first time since 2002, no team in the AFC has won a play-off spot after 15 weeks, even though the schedule has been extended to 18 weeks this season.

Eight AFC teams are in each other’s game – the Raiders (6-7) can advance to nine if they beat the Browns – in the race for three wildcard spots.

NFC will have at least five teams in each other’s game for the final wildcard position.

With four games remaining in Week 15, only four teams were eliminated from the knockout stages.

The NFL’s first season with 17 games is gearing up for a wild end. With coaches like Harbaugh and Staley making gutsy decisions on a weekly basis, that should make it even more exciting.

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