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Grading the Ravens in their season finale loss to the Bengals

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The Ravens needed one win the past two weeks to make the playoffs and were embarrassed in both games. It was a microcosm of a season in which, far too often, the Ravens couldn't make plays in crunch time to seal a victory.

Quarterbacks: Joe Flacco was once again running for his life much of the day. He threw three interceptions, and once again underthrew receivers on the deep ball. His accuracy and decision-making was an issue yet again. Grade: F

Running backs: Ray Rice showed a burst at times, but seemed to struggle at others. Bernard Scott actually was a bit of a spark in the first quarter but then disappeared for the rest of the game. Rice padded his stats late with a lot of checkdowns from Flacco. Grade: F

Wide receivers: The wideouts once again had trouble gaining separation from defensive backs. Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones have totally disappeared the past few weeks. Dennis Pitta had a few grabs, but teams are trying to take him away. Marlon Brown probably had the best game of any Ravens wideout. Grade: D

Offensive line: Flacco was beaten and battered, and a lot of that was on the offensive line. Michael Oher most likely played his last game as a Raven. The Ravens had some success with the run, but only in small doses. Grade: F

Defensive line: The Ravens didn't get much pressure on the quarterback and gave up too many yards on the ground. The absence of Arthur Jones clearly hurt. Haloti Ngata made a ton of tackles down the field and seemed to be the only guy who showed up. Terrell Suggs was absolutely awful and his lack of discipline cost the Ravens time and again. Grade: F

Linebackers: Daryl Smith had another fine game and seems to be the only Ravens defender worthy of a Pro Bowl spot. Jameel McClain and Josh Bynes leave a lot to be desired. The Ravens really need Arthur Brown to blossom. Grade: C-

Secondary: Jimmy Smith didn't have one of his better games, but even more concerning is the recent play of Lardarius Webb. He seems to be regressing. Matt Elam is obviously playing out of position and struggles in space, but had a solid game in run support. Grade: D

Special teams: Justin Tucker made all of his field goals, but the coverage units weren't great. Jacoby Jones and Sam Koch had inconsistent performances. Grade: C+

Coaches: When your team is gifted four interceptions, terrible play-calling and an awful challenge and still loses by nearly three touchdowns in a must-win game, there is something wrong. The play-calling on both sides was terrible, and the Ravens once again wasted a timeout. Grade: F



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