The Baltimore Ravens insist their celebration on the Tennessee Titans’ logo following Marcus Peters’ game-sealing interception wasn’t planned.
In the remaining two minutes of the Ravens’ 20-thirteen wild-card victory Sunday, fifteen Ravens defenders followed Peters and stormed midfield, where by several stomped on the logo. This outburst came two months following the Titans’ players huddled on the Ravens’ logo right before the teams’ past matchup, which led to a confrontation in between Ravens coach John Harbaugh and Titans players.
“This is an psychological football game. At times you act out of emotion,” Ravens defensive finish Derek Wolfe said. “I felt like it was a excellent time to go in advance and do that — so we did it. It wasn’t a disrespect point. It was a workforce unity point like we accomplished a thing as a workforce, so we are heading to go out there and take a little little bit of revenge. I will not imagine it is a massive deal.”
Baltimore defensive finish Calais Campbell, who flexed on the Titans’ logo, told NFL Community when requested about the accumulating at midfield: “Respect is acquired.”
Peters finished the Titans’ hope for a comeback with two minutes remaining, when he picked off Ryan Tannehill at the Ravens’ forty-yard line, returned the interception thirteen yards and then bolted to the center of the industry. He leapt on the logo, dropped the ball there and shouted at the Titans’ sideline with his arms extended. Pro Bowl cornerback Marlon Humphrey sat on the logo, and center linebacker Patrick Queen waved at the Tennessee sideline.
The Ravens had been penalized fifteen yards for taunting, but it experienced no effects on the game. Six plays later, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson knelt a single remaining time and ran off the industry without shaking fingers with the Titans, waving at his teammates to do the identical.
“I really feel it was just disrespect to see what went on right before the game the past time we performed people men, and they had been standing on our logo and seeing them get into it with our coach,” Jackson said. “That was just disrespectful, because we address all of our opponents with respect. It wasn’t no cause for us to shake fingers and stuff like that. We’ll be the larger person, so we just walked off the industry. I really feel like we had been remaining the larger men.”
Tennessee offensive tackle Dennis Kelly would not have an understanding of why the Ravens responded that way, because he said the Titans have huddled at midfield right before online games the whole season.
“I will not know what that complete ‘disrespectful’ point came from,” Kelly said. “If that’s what Harbaugh required to use to inspire them, I guess it labored.”
Titans coach Mike Vrabel declined to get into particulars in excess of the Ravens’ midfield celebration and not shaking fingers following the game.
“I coach the Titans, not the Ravens,” Vrabel said.
Peters wasn’t produced accessible to reporters following the game, and Harbaugh wasn’t requested about his players’ celebration.
“We just like to rejoice, you know what I mean? It was a excellent celebration, I imagine,” Humphrey said. “Usually, whoever would make the engage in, you operate to that human being. That human being just so transpired to finish up remaining on the logo.”
ESPN’s Turron Davenport contributed to this report.