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OWINGS MILLS James Hurst Jersey 2019 , Md. (AP)The Baltimore Ravens never expected to spend New Year’s Day saying farewell to teammates and tossing the contents of their lockers into green trash bags. ”Heartbreaking,” receiver Mike Wallace said Monday morning. ”We definitely had a team to make a run, so it hurts.” The Ravens needed only to beat Cincinnati on Sunday to advance to the playoffs for the first time in three years. Poised to make it happen, Baltimore yielded a back-breaking, 49-yard touchdown pass with 44 seconds left in a 31-27 defeat. That left the Ravens with a 9-7 record and a whole lot of angst over how their late-season surge ended with a shocking thud. ”Fifteen years as a Raven, I would have to say this one is the most devastating (loss),” linebacker Terrell Suggs said within a silent locker room Sunday night. ”I will remember this one forever. It is very unfortunate. We just have to be better. We can’t put ourselves in this situation anymore.” Suggs, 35, intends to return next season. He will play under a different defensive coordinator, because 68-year-old Dean Pees told the team Monday he will retire from the NFL. Rookie cornerback Marlon Humphrey expressed regret over the fashion in which the unit ended Pees’ six-year run as defensive coordinator. ”I just remember the last time he was up in front of the team he told us about finishing, and how proud he was of us,” Humphrey said. ”For us to not finish for him, definitely that hurts.” Pees directed a defense that forced 34 turnovers, but for the second straight year the Ravens faltered in the waning minutes of a big game. In 2016, the defense allowed 31 points to Pittsburgh – including 21 in the fourth quarter – in a defeat that ended Baltimore’s playoff chances. This season, the Ravens started 2-0, dropped to 4-5 and then won five of six before Cincinnati shut the door after Baltimore made up a 14-point, second-half deficit. ”The game, I think Limited Justin Tucker Jersey , epitomizes, a little bit, how the season went,” coach John Harbaugh said. ”To battle our way back the way we did and then not finish the game is about as tough as it can be.” Harbaugh’s contract runs through next season, and his 94-66 record in the regular season is impressive. But the Ravens have gone 5-11, 8-8 and 9-7 over the past three seasons without a sniff of the playoffs. Owner Steve Bisciotti will decide in the next few weeks whether to bring his coach back for an 11th season. During that time, the Ravens will lament how a team with the potential to go deep in the playoffs ending up clearing their lockers far ahead of schedule. ”We’re not the first team to go through this, and we’re not the last team that’s going to through this,” Wallace said. ”There are going to be people next week, the week after.” True enough, but Baltimore was definitely counting on playing well into January. ”We’ve gone to battle on the football field together for the last 17 weeks, and you try to create something special and get yourself into the playoffs and make a nice little run and have something that you’ll remember forever,” quarterback Joe Flacco said. ”So obviously … it’s tough on us all.” And so, the Ravens are left to hope 2018 with be a healthy New Year. Despite losing standout guard Marshal Yanda and cornerback Jimmy Smith to season-ending injuries, placing 15 players on injured reserve and playing the final two games without receiver Jeremy Maclin (knee), Baltimore remained in contention until the final minute. ”We would love to be playing next week, tomorrow going to practice and doing meetings. But I guess that’s not in the cards,” defensive tackle Brandon Williams said. Safety Eric Weddle, who finished tied for third in the NFL with six interceptions Justin Tucker Ravens Jersey , summed it up this way: ”I think we’ve gotten progressively better since my two years of being here. The next step is making the playoffs – winning the division and making the playoffs next year.” — KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Lamar Jackson knows that he will play a big part in stopping the high-flying Kansas City Chiefs offense when he leads the Baltimore Ravens into Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.He won’t make a tackle, though, or cause a fumble or intercept a pass.That’s because stopping Patrick Mahomes and Co. begins with keeping them on the sideline. And to do that, the Ravens quarterback needs to make sure he keeps his own offense on the field.“Whatever it takes, we’re going to help them out,” Jackson said of the Ravens’ top-ranked defense, “keep the clock running, keep the ball in our possession.”The Ravens have been good at that all season.Even before Jackson took over for Joe Flacco, who remained limited in practice this week with a hip injury, the Ravens employed a ball-control style offense. Their average time of possession is nearly 32 minutes a game, third-best in the NFL, and that in turn has helped Baltimore lead the NFL in scoring defense.It has been even more pronounced after Jackson went under center, though. He has 265 yards rushing to set a quarterback record for a player’s first three starts in the Super Bowl era, and the Ravens have run for at least 200 yards as a team in each game during the corresponding three-game win streak — they are the first team since the 2010 Jaguars to accomplish that feat.In last week’s victory over the Falcons, who have a score-a-minute offense in their own right, the Ravens held the ball for an astounding 39 minutes, 39 seconds. They did so by piling up 25 first downs, half of those coming on the ground Elite Justin Tucker Jersey , and running 77 plays to just 45 for the Falcons.“When you’re on the field for 20 percent less than what you normally have been, you’re obviously going to play better defense and play better as a team,” Ravens safety Eric Weddle said.“Play great defense, control the clock, play great on special teams, you have a shot at winning. That’s been known here over the years of the way the Ravens play, and we’re going to continue to do that.”The Chiefs are quite nearly the diametric opposite.Only four times in their first 12 games have they possessed the ball more than their opponents, and that was with reigning NFL rushing champ Kareem Hunt in the backfield for the first 11 of them.Hunt was released last week after a series of off-the-field issues became public.In fact, both of the Chiefs’ losses this season — at the Patriots and Rams — have come when they’ve lost the time of possession battle. It was particularly lopsided in New England, when the Chiefs had the ball for less than 24 minutes in what became a 43-40 shootout loss to Tom Brady and Co.One of the big reasons for the disparity is that Kansas City simply scores fast, averaging an NFL-leading 37 points per game. The Chiefs’ quick-strike offense centers around Mahomes distributing to one of the deepest stables of skill-position talent in the league, headlined by speedsters Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins and their versatile, big-play tight end Travis Kelce.Mahomes has a league-leading 43 throws of at least 25 yards this season. Quite a few of those have been part of his NFL-best and franchise-record 41 touchdown tosses.Coach Andy Reid acknowledged that teams have tried to play ball-control offense against Kansas City, and for the most part it hasn’t worked that well. The Chiefs have been able to build big enough leads in most of their games that opponents have to abandon the run altogether.“I don’t think it changes what you do,” Reid insisted. “You have to be efficient with what you do when you have the opportunity with the ball. That is always our challenge, though. You have to take care of business when you have the opportunities.”Notes: RB Charcandrick West has switched numbers after signing earlier this week. He wore No. 35 last year and was No. 30 at practice Thursday. … P Dustin Colquitt has been nominated by Kansas City for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. … TE Demetrius Harris (ill) missed Thursday’s practice.
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