John Harbaugh addresses why the Ravens missed a field goal late in the fourth quarter in their defeat to the Bills.

Expectations were met in the Week 4 game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Buffalo Bills. This matchup featured two AFC contenders with quarterbacks who are MVP possibilities and have the ability to score quickly. The Bills managed to escape with a 23-20 victory courtesy to a game-winning Tyler Bass field goal, which was unfortunate for the Ravens as they suffered another second-half collapse that pushed them back to the defeat column.

The decision by Ravens head coach John Harbaugh to go for a touchdown on fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line with little over four minutes left in the fourth quarter rather than kicking a field goal to break the 20-20 tie earned him considerable criticism after the game. Jordan Poyer of the Bills intercepted a pass intended for Lamar Jackson in the end zone, giving Buffalo the ball at the 20-yard line to start the game-winning drive.

Naturally, Harbaugh was questioned about the choice to miss the field goal in the final seconds of the fourth quarter after the game. “Well, I felt like it offered us the best chance to win the game, because seven (points), the worst that occurs is if they go down and score — and I think we’ll stop them — but if they go down the field and score a touchdown, the worst thing that can happen is that you’re in OT,” he said. However, if you kick a field goal there, the game now has four downs instead of just three. Your defense will be at a disadvantage since they have four opportunities to move the ball down the field.

And another opportunity to score seven points, but you lose the game after a touchdown.

“We are quite confident in our defense since they will receive the ball at the two-yard line, which is another thing to consider. If we don’t get it, the defense will be able to stop them there with the ball on the two-yard line, forcing them to back up. Sadly, it didn’t work out that way, and we dropped the match. So you may accept the points in hindsight. But if you consider it critically, you’ll see why we did it.”

The Ravens’ offensive is obviously very trusted, and if they had succeeded, they would have appeared to be quite astute. Mark Andrews, a tight end, remarked during the game that he respects the level of faith Harbaugh has in this squad and believes it will succeed the following time.

I have a lot of faith in this offense, this team, and the players we have to make that play there, Andrews said. “I appreciate the coach’s confidence in our ability to accomplish it and, hopefully, end the game. We’ll be prepared to go if we ever have another chance like that.”