Ravens shot themselves in the foot with mistakes, as the Bills advance to the AFC Championship 17-3
Baltimore- The Ravens had too many mistakes that they could not overcome in a loss to the Bills.
Riding a six-game winning streak, the Baltimore Ravens' confidence was soaring before the game started against the Buffalo Bills. Baltimore knew that they had to play a sound game in order to pull out the victory over a ball hogging Bills team.
On the Ravens' opening drive, they ran the ball nine times and threw the ball twice. Baltimore got into field-goal range and was expecting an automatic kick from Justin Tucker to strike first blood, but the ball hit the goal post and did not cross over the bar.
Outside of their first possession, the Ravens' offense was very conservative until the start of the second quarter. Lamar Jackson made a couple of big plays to keep the drive going. The Ravens stalled and had to settle for a 46-yard field goal in which Tucker missed. This was the first time in Tucker's career that he missed two field goal that were less than 50-yards.
Despite leaving six points off the scoreboard, the Ravens stopped the Bills high octane offense and held them to only a total of 115 yards. At the end of the half, the game was tied 3-3.
At the start of the second half, the Ravens' defense looked tired and Josh Allen and their running attack took advantage of Baltimore. Six plays later, the Ravens found themselves down by a touchdown, as Allen threw a one-yard touchdown strike to Stefon Diggs to go up 10-3.
The Ravens had a chance for some points in the redzone but Jackson threw a pick six to Taron Johnson, who took it back to the house and extend the Bills to a two-possession game, 17-3 late into the third quarter.
Concerns started to grow with the Ravens, as Lamar Jackson had to leave the game for a short time after taking a huge hit at the start of the fourth quarter. It was speculated that Jackson was taken to the locker room for concussion protocol and did not return.
Baltimore's defense was just tired being on the field for an extensive period of time and the Allen and Diggs connection start to happen. Buffalo did just enough to run out the clock to punch their slot to the AFC Championship.