Ravens head coach John Harbaugh recites Bible verse to open press conference after playoff win


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The Baltimore Ravens are hosting the first conference championship game in Baltimore since 1971 after Lamar Jackson accounted for four touchdowns — two throwing and two rushing — in a 34-10 victory over the Houston Texans Saturday.

The game was tied at 10 at one point, but Baltimore won with 24 unanswered points.

After earning a playoff bye, emotions ran high in Baltimore’s locker room, and it was Jackson’s second playoff win.

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John Harbaugh reacts to fans' cheers

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh reacts to cheering fans before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Stadium Dec. 17, 2023, in Jacksonville, Fla.  (Courtney Culbreath/Getty Images)

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh opened his postgame press conference by reading a Bible verse.

“Greatness, power, glory, victory and honor belong to you, because everything in heaven and on earth belongs to you. The kingdom belongs to you, Lord,” Harbaugh said, via OutKick NFL insider Armando Salguero, reciting 1 Chronicles.

Harbaugh’s quote came a week after C.J. Stroud, the quarterback Harbaugh’s Ravens beat Saturday, gave “all glory to my Lord and savior Jesus Christ” after the Texans’ playoff win over the Cleveland Browns.

Stroud’s comments were edited out of a post on X, formerly Twitter, from the official account of NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.”

John Harbaugh after playoff win

Head coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates after defeating the Houston Texans in an AFC divisional playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium Jan. 20, 2024, in Baltimore.  (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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Former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, Salguero’s cohost on Outkick’s podcast, “The Five,” criticized NBC for the move.

“It’s very lame. Players always express that as well, and to have that cut out is truly … it’s disrespectful,” he said. “There are a lot of people out there who are Christians and believe in Jesus, and those who don’t believe in Jesus, still, they don’t feel like that’s disrespectful to them.

“For NBC to do this … they really have to go back … and evaluate themselves. They have to get this thing corrected because that’s definitely not the direction it needs to be going in at this point.”

John Harbaugh walks off the field after a win

Head coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens walks off the field after a victory against the Detroit Lions at M&T Bank Stadium Oct. 22, 2023, in Baltimore.  (G Fiume/Getty Images)

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Harbaugh quoted Bible scripture a day after his brother, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, spoke at the March for Life in Washington, D.C. Jim also attended the Ravens’ game Saturday.

The Ravens next host the winner of Sunday’s Bills-Chiefs game.

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