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Ravens vs. Bengals Live Updates: Week 17 score, stats, highlights, video, analysis

Ravens vs. Bengals Live Updates: Week 17 score, stats, highlights, video, analysis

Week 17 might be a little anticlimactic for the Ravens (8-7) and their fans, but that doesn’t mean Baltimore is throwing in the towel.

In fact, earlier this week, coach John Harbaugh said the Ravens-Bengals (5-9-1) rivalry was already heating up despite this being the last game for both teams. Plus, the Ravens would really like to send Steve Smith Sr. out on a high note while ending their disappointing season with a winning record.

This is the second consecutive year the Ravens have missed out on the NFL Playoffs.

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Quarterback Joe Flacco enters the Ravens’ final game with a 64.8 completion percentage but just an 84.5 quarterback rating. There’s a good chance he’ll keep his eye on Smith, who said there’s an 89 percent chance of him retiring after this season ends.

The AFC North foes will kick off in the New Year on Sunday in Cincinnati at 1 p.m. ET on CBS.

CSN Mid-Atlantic is here to provide all the live updates, stats, score, highlights, video and analysis from the pivotal game between the Ravens and Steelers. If you have a comment about the game, be sure to leave a comment in the section below the article.

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1:18 p.m.: Justin Tucker, still awesome at kicking footballs.

1:13 p.m.: Touchdown Rex Burkhead. Wooof. Wait, it's under review. Not sure if his nelbow was down or not. Nope, it was good. 7-0, Bengals.

1:11 p.m.: All Rex Burkhead on the this drive. Ravens defense looks indifferent about being on the field. 

1:09 p.m.: With JEremy Hill out, expect to see a lot of Rex Burkhead. The former Nebraska bulldozer opens up a 16-yard run on his first touch.

1:06 p.m.: The Ravens' first drive is not much. Three-and-out. Wooof.


12:55 p.m.: The Bengals win the toss and defer. The Ravens will start with the ball. 

12: 45 p.m.: It's go-time. One last time for ol' No. 89. 

12:30 p.m.: The Inactives list is here. Keenan Reynolds won't be in uniform for the Ravens. Jeremy Hill and Vontaze Burfict won't be in uniform for the Bengals.

12:15 p.m.: Welcome to Week 17 live updtaes of the Ravens vs. Bengals season finale. Be sure to follow our whole crew on Twitter:
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John Harbaugh defends Lamar Jackson's playoff performance

John Harbaugh defends Lamar Jackson's playoff performance

Coach John Harbaugh, just six days after his team’s disappointing 28-12 loss to the Titans in the AFC playoffs, has already had to defend his quarterback.

Faced with some criticism after Jackson finished 31-of-59 passing, and three total turnovers, Harbaugh mentioned how far Jackson has come in the last year — which also ended in an early playoff loss at home.

“It’s really interesting to look at Lamar Jackson, because look at the progress he made in the last year,” Harbaugh said Friday. “Because the same question, I think you might have asked it last year, how is he going to get better going forward? And he did a good job, right? He’s 23 years old. He’s younger than Joe Burrow. So, he has a pretty good head start right now.”

Jackson is now 0-2 in the playoffs with a 19-3 regular season record. 

He’s likely the MVP this season after he passed for more than 3,000 yards and rushed for 1,000 yards, setting the single-season rushing record for a quarterback along the way. He led the NFL in passing touchdowns and carried the most prolific offense in the league to a league-best 14-2. 

Harbaugh isn’t worried that his quarterback, who is just 23-years-old, hasn’t found his playoff success yet.

“The Manning brothers combined to, they had five losses in their first five playoff games before they won one,” Harbaugh explained. (Joe) Montana, (Steve) Young and (Brett) Favre didn’t start a playoff game until their third season, (Drew) Brees and (Troy) Aikman, until their fourth season, and (Aaron) Rodgers until his fifth season.”

After the season ended, Harbaugh added that Jackson went to his office to discuss the offseason and what he needed to do to improve. 

While Harbaugh and the offensive coaching staff had a plan for Jackson to improve, Jackson “nailed” each and every single critique that the coaches had laid out for him.

“I’m really confident in Lamar and his understanding the things he needs to do to get better, and that he’s going to work really hard to keep building himself up as a player,” Harbaugh said.

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Harbaugh reflects on resting starters: 'I might go the other way' next year

Harbaugh reflects on resting starters: 'I might go the other way' next year

If the Ravens can pull off winning the AFC North division title three years in a row, their starters might be on the hook for Week 17 next time around.

In head coach John Harbaugh's season-review press conference on Friday, the Ravens leader of 12 years was asked if resting his starters in Week 17 vs Pittsburgh contributed to their AFC Divisional Round loss to the Tennesse Titans. 

"I mean, we didn't play well," he said.

Harbaugh went on to explain how he dove into the numbers of football's past in order to make decisions ahead of hosting the Steelers in their regular-season finale. The Ravens ultimately won 28-10 before two weeks off and then losing to Tennessee, 28-12.

"You look at the history, and I did that, went back and looked at the history," Coach Harbaugh said. "And the history is about 50/50. You know, teams have held their guys out and won and then won the Super Bowl. Teams have held their guys out and lost. It's gone both ways. We held our guys out and won and we won the Super Bowl [in 2012]. I was probably leaning on that in all honesty."

"Going forward after this, I might go the other way, you know?" Harbaugh offered. "Right now, if I had to do it today, and it's next year and we're in this situation, God willing we're in the same situation, we'll probably go the other way in all honesty."

Analytics can only tell you what has happened in the past, not what will happen next. A predictive guide at best, resting starters is likely best exercised as a case-by-case, team-by-team situation.

Since coming to Baltimore in 2008, Harbaugh has only been faced with this specific decision twice, establishing a 50/50 track record himself. It worked for the Ravens in 2012 as they went on to beat the 49ers 34-31 in Super Bowl XLVII.

It did not work in 2019. 

"The disappointment ... is that we didn't play our best football," Harbaugh continued. "That's the thing that really sticks to us. We're way better than what we played in both those games, and we're gonna have to grow from that." 

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