Report: Long practices before playoff game irked some Ravens

In the week leading up to a playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, a number of Ravens players were upset by coach John Harbaugh's lengthy practices, The Baltimore Sun reported Saturday.

According to The Sun, Harbaugh and his players forged an agreement about practice time in the days before their AFC divisional-round game at Heinz Field, but only after growing tension led some players to threaten contact with the union and media over limited rest time.

The Ravens, who finished second to Pittsburgh in the AFC North, fell to the Steelers 31-24 after leading 21-7 at halftime.

Baltimore crumbled down the stretch, totaling 28 yards on offense in the second half. The team was outgained by Pittsburgh 263-126 in yardage, and Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was an uncharacteristic 16-of-30 passing for 125 yards.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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