The Ravens’ playoff hopes stay strong after Saturday’s 23-16 victory over the Indianapolis Colts at M&T Bank Stadium, but the final score was closer than it could have been. After quarterback Joe Flacco had found tight end Maxx Williams for a 4-yard touchdown with 8:40 left in the fourth quarter to take a 23-13 lead, the defense stopped Indianapolis running back Frank Gore for no gain on third-and-1 at his own 34-yard line. And offensive lineman Le’Raven Clark was flagged for holding. But rather than accept the penalty and push the Colts back 10 yards for third-and-11 from the 24, the Ravens declined the penalty. Given a fourth-and-1, quarterback Jacoby Brissett scrambled for 7 yards and a first down, and Indianapolis got a 30-yard field goal from kicker Adam Vinatieri to narrow the deficit to a single score. After the game, Ravens coach John Harbaugh conceded he made a mistake to turn down the holding call.
Ravens' John Harbaugh regretted declining Colts’ holding penalty in pivotal fourth quarter
Baltimore Sun | Dec 24