OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Ravens’ defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale expressed anger when the Bengals kicked a basket late to avoid a shutout in Baltimore’s 27-3 win on Sunday.
With Cincinnati 27-0 down, Bengals manager Zac Taylor chose to kick a basket from 38 yards with 37 seconds left in the game. He scored only the fifth time since the 1970 merger that a team has kicked a basket in the last minute to avoid a shutout, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Asked about his reaction when the Bengalis kicked the basket, Martindale said Thursday: “He knew what it was because he was terribly quiet when I yelled it across the pitch. There are some people who consider it a win. We̵
The next meeting between the crows and the Bengalis is in week 17 in Cincinnati. Baltimore was seconds away from its first closure in two years.
There have only been two other cases in the past 50 years where a team kicked a basket in the last minute to avoid a shutout while trailing by more than 20 points.
In 1970, Bengal manager Paul Brown chose to kick a basket in the last minute of a 38-3 defeat to the Detroit Lions. In 2006, Tampa Bay Buccaneers manager Jon Gruden decided to take a timeless basket in the 20-3 defeat to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Ravens manager John Harbaugh was more diplomatic on Monday when he faced the Bengals’ insignificant goal. He said the defense would have loved the shutout but “it wouldn’t have been a factor” if Baltimore stopped Cincinnati in one of the fourth and first situations on that final drive.
“I guess you have to look at it this way,” Harbaugh said. “I’ll leave it to this.”