After they picked up the 1st 1st down, they knew (or should have) that they only needed one more 1st down to run out the clock. they made the Ravens burn their timeouts. The fact that they ran it 3x in a row with the defense expecting it was terrible coaching. If they didn't want to throw it on 3rd, then they should have threw it on 2nd down. It could have been a high percentage pass...even a kick out pass to DT. But, to not even challenge for a first and a chance to run the clock out...is typcial John Fox.
I bet that if Manning had that whole sequence again...........and I'd bet money he'd find a way to get 7yds.
You play to win the game!!!!
You don't play to try and not lose the game!!!!