When the Bengals kicked a field goal down 27-0 in the final minute of Sunday’s loss in Baltimore, it apparently ticked off some of the Ravens’ coaching staff.
In an interview with ESPN reporter Jamison Hensley, Ravens defensive coordinator Don ‘Wink’ Martindale said he yelled at Bengals head coach Zac Taylor following the decision to kick said field goal, preventing the shutout that Baltimore frankly deserved with how thoroughly they dominated Taylor’s offense.
”He knew what it was because it was awful quiet when I yelled it across the field. There are some people that take that as a victory. We’ll see. We’ll have plenty to talk about the next time we play them.”
To show you how rare it is for a team to settle for a field goal down four scores in the closing minute of the fourth quarter, Hensley added this tidbit to his story:
With Cincinnati trailing 27-0, Bengals coach Zac Taylor chose to kick a 38-yard field goal with 37 seconds left in the game. It marked only the fifth time since the 1970 merger that a team kicked a field goal in the final minute to avoid a shutout, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Still, this is a really dumb thing to be upset about. Then again, the Ravens and whining go hand in hand, so no real surprise to see this.
On to Indianapolis.