Ravens S Eric Weddle is more upset about missing the playoffs than missing a $1 million bonus

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens safety Eric Weddle is more upset about losing out on a championship run than a $1 million bonus.

Weddle was one fourth-down stop from closing in on a hefty playoff payoff last Sunday, but all of the Ravens' hopes came crashing down when Tyler Boyd scored a 49-yard touchdown with 44 seconds remaining. The 31-27 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals eliminated Baltimore from the postseason and kept Weddle from collecting on a seven-figure incentive.

Weddle's contract states that he gets an additional $1 million if he makes the Pro Bowl on the original ballot and the Ravens get to the playoffs in the same season. He was named to the Pro Bowl in December and was one play away -- the Bengals faced fourth down-and-12 before scoring the winning touchdown -- from leading the Ravens to the postseason.

"I didn't lose $1 million dollars. I never had it to begin with," Weddle said. "But I did lose out on a chance to win a Super Bowl. That is what I am mad about."

Weddle and the Ravens entered Sunday with a projected 97 percent chance of reaching the playoffs. Baltimore had to win or either the Buffalo Bills or Tennessee Titans had to lose.

As the Ravens' game last Sunday began to wind down, everything fell apart. First, the Bills won. Then, the Titans won.

That meant the Ravens had to hold onto a three-point lead in the final nine minutes of the fourth quarter to earn a wild-card berth. But Baltimore failed to do so, as Boyd caught a long touchdown pass from Andy Dalton.

"I haven't even thought about the incentive until you asked me," Weddle said. "It's about winning and a chance at a Super Bowl for me."