In a day of thrilling finishes and playoff positioning, Baltimore’s 20-14 triumph over Cleveland won’t get a lot of attention.
Baltimore once again underwhelmed against a lackluster opponent, but the win does set up the Ravens to clinch the AFC North and earn a playoff bye next week.
The Ravens led 20-0 before giving up a touchdown late in the third quarter and another midway through the fourth quarter.
The Browns got the ball back with a chance to win the game after that, but couldn’t advance the ball past midfield.
The biggest concern for the Ravens in this game is that the passing game still isn’t working. Joe Flacco averaged only 5.5 yards-per-attempt and threw for 132 yards on the game.
Still, Baltimore has a lot to be happy about it. If they win next week, they will be no worse than the No. 2 seed in the AFC.
If they suffer another road loss, this time in Cincinnati, the Ravens would risk losing the division to Pittsburgh and starting the playoffs on the road.