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Ravens hang on by thwarting Eagles' 'gutsy' 2-point call

Ravens hang on by thwarting Eagles' 'gutsy' 2-point call

Nothing comes easy for these flawed, 2016 Ravens, so of course they turned a 10-point lead against a struggling Eagles team into a white-knuckle finish.

Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz scored on a 4-yard scramble with four seconds left to cut the Ravens lead to 27-26, and then rather than force overtime with an extra-point kick, the nothing-to-lose Eagles kept the offense on the field and went for the win with a two-point conversion try.

With the Ravens season hanging in the balance – the Ravens could ill afford to fall two games behind the Steelers with two to play – linebacker C.J. Mosley tipped Wentz’s two-point attempt at the line of scrimmage, and the quick slant intended for Jordan Matthews was also broken up by cornerback Jerraud Powers at the goal line.

“It was a gutsy call by the Eagles, a tribute to them,” Powers said. “We knew it was win or go home. We are playing playoff football now.”

The win keeps the Ravens (8-6) one game behind the Steelers (9-5) entering the Christmas Day showdown at Heinz Field.

Mosley said the Ravens came with an all-out blitz on the two-point play. “Even if I didn’t get a hand on the ball, J.P. did a great job covering,” he said. “He probably would have got his hand on the ball. So, I mean, we just executed.”

Eagles coach Doug Pederson said he had already made up his mind that if the Eagles scored in the closing seconds, they were going for two.

“I wanted to win the football game, and even our chances in overtime were less than 50 percent winning this game,” Pederson said. “As an underdog, going into the game, we were going to win the game in regulation.”

“The play call, the play design, everything was built for that situation,” Pederson added. “Credit them, they got a hand up and tipped the ball.”

The Eagles had already successfully run one two-point conversion earlier in the game, with Ryan Mathews diving over on a run. Mathews finished with 128 yards rushing, but he was not on the field on the final two-point play.

“Your chances with Carson throwing are a little better in that situation,” Pederson said.

The Ravens only found themselves in this predicament after doing their best to blow a 10-point lead thanks, in part, to what coach John Harbaugh called “an all-time worst” play call – a first-down pass by Flacco from the Eagles 11-yard line with the Ravens ahead 27-17 in the fourth quarter.

It was intercepted and returned 34 yards, which began an Eagles field goal drive. After the Ravens went three-and-out on three running plays as they tried unsuccessfully to burn the clock, the Eagles took over at their 41-yard line with 1:39 left, and Wentz engineered the final scoring drive.

On the final two-point play, Powers found himself lined up in the slot opposite Matthews, his offseason training partner in Alabama.

“We were bringing the house. We knew the ball was going to have to come out quick,” Powers said. “The easier throw is a slant, so in my head in the slot, I’m thinking I gotta make sure I guard the slant. … Jordan Matthews is their No. 1 target, their No. 1 receiver, so in my head, I kinda knew the ball was coming my way. I’m just happy I made the play.”

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There’s one team that could reportedly stop a Terrell Suggs return to Baltimore

There’s one team that could reportedly stop a Terrell Suggs return to Baltimore

According to a report from Ian Rapoport, there’s one team that could ruin a Terrell Suggs return to Baltimore

Rapoport reported on Sunday morning that the Tennessee Titans were one team that appears poised to claim the 37-year-old outside linebacker. 

The Titans entered Sunday at 8-5 and tied for the division lead in the AFC South. 

A connection for Suggs in Tennessee is Dean Pees, who was a linebackers coach for the Ravens from 2010 and 2011 before he became defensive coordinator, a role he held from 2012-2017. He became the Titans defensive coordinator in 2018.

The Ravens don’t have much power when it comes to bringing the franchise icon to Baltimore, as they are currently last on the waiver wire. 

Suggs will be on waivers until Monday at 4 p.m., where he’ll find out which team — if any — claimed the former Defensive Player of the Year. 

Adam Schefter previously reported that Suggs might not report to the team that claims him, should it not be the Ravens. 

Whatever the case is with Suggs, the resolution is coming by Monday evening. 

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Report: Terrell Suggs angling to be claimed by Ravens

Report: Terrell Suggs angling to be claimed by Ravens

Terrell Suggs is currently available for 31 NFL teams, but there's reportedly only one team he wants to play for. 

According to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter, Suggs only has interest in returning to the Ravens, where he spent the entirety of his career before heading to Arizona this offseason.

Suggs was placed on waivers by the Cardinals on Friday.

Schefter's report states that Suggs has told some people he is unlikely to report anywhere other than Baltimore, showing a desire to, "finish his NFL career in the same city in which he started it."

Suggs is the all-time franchise leader in sacks (132.5) and games played (229) for the Ravens. This year, he has 5.5 sacks, seven quarterback hits and 23 tackles as a member of the Cardinals. It's his first season not in the purple and black. 

The Ravens rank 15th in the NFL with 34 sacks, and could use a pass-rusher like Suggs before the team's playoff push. 

Suggs' position to other teams is likely genuine, as the 37-year-old would certainly love to join the 12-2 Ravens before a playoff push. He was a member of the Ravens when they beat the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII in 2013 and also has seven Pro Bowls and a Defensive Player of The Year award to his name as well. 

With just two games left before the playoffs begin, Suggs' wild ride from Baltimore to Arizona looks to be headed right back to where his career started. 

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