Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio was irate over the Baltimore Ravens' pursuit of a rushing record on the last play of Baltimore's 23-7 win. The game was decided when the Ravens decided to let their quarterback Lamar Jackson rush and try to tie a decades-old record for consecutive 100-yard rushing games.
Jackson rushed for five yards on the play and the Ravens tied the Pittsburgh Steelers for the NFL record of 43 consecutive 100-yard rushing games. "I thought it was kind of bulls---. I expected it from them,'' Fangio said, per ESPN.
"Thirty-seven years of pro ball I've never seen anything like that ... but it was to be expected, and we expected it.' ' Asked why the Broncos "expected it,'' Fangio added: "Because I just know how they operate, that's just their mode of operations there; player safety is secondary."
Ravens coach defended the team from the Fangio criticism
"It's one of those things that's meaningful," Harbaugh said. "It's a very, very tough record to accomplish. It's a long-term record. So, I'm not going to say it's more important than winning the game, for sure.
It's certainly not. But, as a head coach, I think you do that for your players and you do that for your coaches, and that's something they'll have for the rest of their lives.' ' Harbaugh was surprised by Fangio's comments since he thought they were on good terms.
"I thought we were on good terms," he said Monday. "We had a nice chat before the game. We've known each other for a long time. I promise you, I'm not going to give that insult one second thought."
With 10 seconds to go, Broncos quarterback Drew Lock tried to find the end zone but he was intercepted. "You're throwing the ball in the end zone with 10 seconds left, I don't know if there's a 16-point touchdown that's going to be possible right there," Harbaugh said.
"So that didn't have anything to do with winning the game. What's meaningful to us might not be meaningful to them. We're not going to concern ourselves with that." Broncos safety Kareem Jackson was concerned about the loss and not about the last played.
"Honestly, I don't give a sh-- about that last play, more so care about the plays through the game,'' Broncos safety Jackson said. "Being it's our job to stop them, they ran it to get their 100 yards or whatever they were trying to do. I mean as a whole defense we didn't play up to the standard we set for ourself.' '