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Ravens fall to Bengals, miss playoffs for first time since 2007

Andy Dalton, Joe Flacco AP

For the second consecutive season, the defending Super Bowl champions will miss the playoffs.

The Ravens’ 34-17 loss at Cincinnati on Sunday, coupled with the Steelers’ win vs. the Browns, eliminates Baltimore from postseason contention. The Ravens, who captured Super Bowl XLVII in February, finished their season 8-8.

This is the first time the Ravens have missed the postseason since John Harbaugh became head coach in 2008.

A lack of offensive punch doomed Baltimore. Quarterback Joe Flacco completed 30-of-50 passes for a paltry 192 yards, and he was intercepted three times in the fourth quarter as Cincinnati put the game away with 17 unanswered points. Also, the Ravens again got little out of their running game, gaining just 47 yards on 14 carries.

The Bengals (11-5) would earn a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs with a Bills victory at New England on Sunday afternoon.

In victory, the Bengals overcame four interceptions from quarterback Andy Dalton, who did aid his cause with a pair of first-half TD passes and a fourth-quarter TD run.

The last defending Super Bowl champions to make the postseason were the 2011 Packers, who lost to the Giants in the divisional round. The Giants would go on to win Super Bowl XLVI, but they would miss the playoffs in 2012.

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59 Responses to “Ravens fall to Bengals, miss playoffs for first time since 2007”
  1. jjackwagon says: Dec 29, 2013 5:37 PM

    Had to happen some time. Changing of the guard in the AFC North?

  2. meatcarroll says: Dec 29, 2013 5:40 PM

    This is what $100 million gets you nowadays?

  3. meatcarroll says: Dec 29, 2013 5:40 PM

    This is what $100 million gets you nowadays?

  4. jimr10 says: Dec 29, 2013 5:42 PM

    Flacco showing that he lacks $110m being worth 120

  5. randomcommenter says: Dec 29, 2013 5:46 PM

    Getting rid of Anquan Bolden was possibly the worst GM decision of all time. Matt Millen laughed at that move.

    Their whole playoff run was based on Pass Inteference, DBs falling down, and Bolden catching jump balls in double coverage.

    I still can’t believe that joke of a team won the Super Bowl.

  6. jakec4 says: Dec 29, 2013 5:46 PM

    Juan Castillo needs to be shown the door, Harbaugh buddy or not. Oz definitely has some work to do. Oher, Monroe, and Gradkowski all need to be replaced. Hopefully somehow Mack from Cleveland becomes available to come and play center. The offensive line has to be completely rebuilt. It’s amazing Flacco lasted as long as he did behind those turnstiles.

    Ngata should be asked to take a pay cut because they can’t keep justifying his salary. I don’t know why he’s a Pro Bowler.

  7. britishraven says: Dec 29, 2013 5:49 PM

    Shocking performance from the offense. The D is ok but so much work needs to be done on the other side of the ball it’s hard to know where to start.

    Flacco and Rice’s contracts are enormous and we can’t afford to cut them, Oher and Munroe are FA’s this year so only 1 of them (at best) can be resigned. Urgh, I wouldn’t want to be Ozzie Newsome.

  8. dirtdawg54 says: Dec 29, 2013 5:52 PM

    Joe Flacco got a ton of attention and money for a Hail Mary where Morris essentially fell down and then for work Boldin largely did during the playoffs. So what will he get here after throwing 3 INTs and failing to come through when it truly was on his shoulders, especially after the Ravens tied the game?

    Flacco. Rypien. Williams. Dilfer. Birds of a feather.

  9. brooklyn40niner says: Dec 29, 2013 5:52 PM

    Flacco was totally worth that 12o million contract, said no one ever.

  10. nnagi says: Dec 29, 2013 5:54 PM

    But wait, didn’t they pay flacco all that money to carry the team?

  11. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Dec 29, 2013 5:56 PM

    Looks like they will be upgrading the entire O-line in free agency. Oh wait, never mind.

  12. flash1283 says: Dec 29, 2013 5:56 PM

    Said it all year over rated and way way way over paid!!

    JUMP BALL JOE!!!

  13. bucrightoff says: Dec 29, 2013 5:58 PM

    Oh, and the worst years of his cap hit are coming too. I’ll predict he’s cut at the end of year 3 which is when the guaranteed money runs out.

  14. ravanator says: Dec 29, 2013 5:59 PM

    Bengals are jealous of our two rings. Joe “Montana” Flacco won the Super Bowl MVP, Dalton never has and never will.

    #ravensnation
    #wearechamps

  15. francogreenbradshaw says: Dec 29, 2013 6:00 PM

    What a Christmas present! Hehehe!

  16. ravensdominate says: Dec 29, 2013 6:02 PM

    Uuugh thank god. My nerves and heart can take a break!!! Our Super Bowl victory last year will carry me for a while.

    Who Dey???

    Dey that team that will never win a Super Bowl!!

    Hahahahahaha

  17. ravensdominate says: Dec 29, 2013 6:04 PM

    No 100 mil gets you more wins than Brady, breeze and Rogers since your rookie year and a Super Bowl. When was the last time your team won the Super Bowl????

    Ravens will be back in the post season next year. Guaranteed.

  18. 12strikes says: Dec 29, 2013 6:07 PM

    Over priced QB… 100 million
    3 INTs in a must have game at the end of the season…. Priceless.

  19. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 29, 2013 6:08 PM

    I thought Ozzie was “the best GM in the league” and that the Ravens “wouldn’t miss any of the players who were gone”.

    They had to have missed Anquan Boldin the most I think. There’s always going to be some turnover but they were fools to let the 9ers have him.

  20. scoobies05 says: Dec 29, 2013 6:13 PM

    congrats to the bengals and their fans on a great season. you guys were clearly the best team in the division this year now do what afc north teams do and win some playoff games

  21. thelionsrgreat says: Dec 29, 2013 6:18 PM

    Joe is not good people. He is the product of a good team.

  22. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 29, 2013 6:19 PM

    It’s great listening to the raven fans rationalizations over their 8-8 season. Ah, if I am not mistaken it’s now from Champs to chumps….how sweet it is.you are now former champs …..

  23. ravenswhat says: Dec 29, 2013 6:22 PM

    Yep, ravens blew it. But lol at the Flacco trolls constantly bringing up his contract. Yes, I’m sure all of your gm’s would let a SB MVP walk with no other options. Also, get a clue about his contract. It’s not even close to being crazy if you understand how guaranteed money works. Obviously most of you don’t.

  24. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 29, 2013 6:27 PM

    Ravens have nothing to hang their heads about, that was a great playoff streak that had to end eventually. They are one of the best franchises in the league, and will be back to contend next year.

  25. cbass59 says: Dec 29, 2013 6:35 PM

    what are Flacco’s salary cap numbers in 2013 vs. 2014 (Ravens fans, you don’t want to know. This was your cheap year).

  26. steelersstillowntheafcnorth says: Dec 29, 2013 6:36 PM

    From champs to chumps oh how the mighty have fallen

  27. ravensbob says: Dec 29, 2013 6:40 PM

    This season is not on flacco. Ravens have not drafted well in quite some time. Rice, entire oline except yanda needs to go. Ozzie needs to get off his duff or retire, he has rested on the good work of past people, like Phil savage, for too long.

  28. natijim235 says: Dec 29, 2013 6:49 PM

    at the game today if dalton doesn’t throw 4 picks including one at 2 ft line on 1st down they win this game by 30 pts. ravens absolutely suck on offense

  29. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 29, 2013 6:55 PM

    This season is not on flacco. Ravens have not drafted well in quite some time. Rice, entire oline except yanda needs to go. Ozzie needs to get off his duff or retire, he has rested on the good work of past people, like Phil savage, for too long.

    Come on now what happened to in Ozzie we trust?

    Raven fans need to slow their roll. You have had a great run and have lots to be proud of . Bailing on Ozzie for one year…..please it just shows you are a young bandwagon fan.

  30. jayc0478 says: Dec 29, 2013 6:59 PM

    ravenswhat says:
    Dec 29, 2013 6:22 PM
    Yep, ravens blew it. But lol at the Flacco trolls constantly bringing up his contract. Yes, I’m sure all of your gm’s would let a SB MVP walk with no other options. Also, get a clue about his contract. It’s not even close to being crazy if you understand how guaranteed money works. Obviously most of you don’t.

    Well the fact that his cap hit more than doubles next season at 14.8 mil may present some problems for a team that has major needs. Add in some of the other bad contracts they have, needless to say management needs to get very creative.

  31. thelogicalsportsfan says: Dec 29, 2013 7:21 PM

    120 million says this fella has to be from Pitt.

    ==========

    randomcommenter says:
    Dec 29, 2013 5:46 PM
    Getting rid of Anquan Bolden was possibly the worst GM decision of all time. Matt Millen laughed at that move.

    Their whole playoff run was based on Pass Inteference, DBs falling down, and Bolden catching jump balls in double coverage.

    I still can’t believe that joke of a team won the Super Bowl.

  32. scoobies05 says: Dec 29, 2013 7:30 PM

    well stated my friend. cant say im not disappointed. helluva run by you guys towards the end by you guys too. oh well…what to do now

  33. junglerat524 says: Dec 29, 2013 7:51 PM

    Buh Bye Now

  34. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 29, 2013 7:57 PM

    Isn’t it funny….

    82 of “ELITE” joe flacco’s 192 yards came on the last drive of the game while Cincinnati played PREVENT with a 17 point lead.

    So…. 110 yards total… UNTIL… the final drive with Cincinnati playing PREVENT with a 17 point lead.

  35. weepingjebus says: Dec 29, 2013 8:07 PM

    If $20 million buys you this level of elite, then Brady and Manning should be earning approximately $750 billion apiece.

  36. ravonatorswallowsspunk says: Dec 29, 2013 8:21 PM

    Cheers!!!!

  37. ravonatorswallowsspunk says: Dec 29, 2013 8:23 PM

    Hey Ravonator…. enjoy the off season!!

    Cheers!

  38. Joemontanaflacco says: Dec 29, 2013 8:29 PM

    Ravens pulled out eight wins when it was very likely they wouldn’t have had any. The O-line just couldn’t protect our elite QB and allow him to work his magic. He’s tough as nails though, and fought hard to the bitter end. Unfortunately, Baltimore wasn’t able to end the season on a two game cakewalk like the Steelers. To all you rotten Steelers’ fans out there that never gave up cheering every Flacco mistake, HOW BOUT THEM CHARGERS? Hahahahahahaha!

  39. bujuman69 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:32 PM

    Flacco=one hit wonder! he’s laughing all the way to the bank though!

  40. nickster31 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:57 PM

    JMF – Seriously, you give Ravens fans a bad, make that HORRIBLE name.

    Flacco SUCKS. If you honestly cant see that, there is no hope for you.

    2 game cake walk? You LOST BOTH of your last 2.

    By the way, Steelers finished 2nd in the North, and you are 1 small step above the Browns.

    By this time next year? You will be left in the basement alone.

  41. steelcurtainn says: Dec 29, 2013 9:07 PM

    But….But we made playoff appearances5 years in a row…..blah blah blah….hahahhaha not this year…enjoy 3rd place chokers. Ravens will be irrelevant for years….

  42. scoobies05 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:10 PM

    drrustbelt….you do realize average andy threw 4 balls to the ravens today. congrats on winning the division. bengals earned it. now lets see you guys win an actual playoff game.

  43. steelersstillowntheafcnorth says: Dec 29, 2013 9:16 PM

    Losers

  44. joerevs300 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:21 PM

    At least the Ravens fans can join the Steelers on the golf course now after talking smack all season about them.

    Who’s laughing now?

  45. Joemontanaflacco says: Dec 29, 2013 9:53 PM

    “By the way, Steelers finished 2nd in the North, and you are 1 small step above the Browns.”

    By the way, finishing 2nd as opposed to 3rd in the AFCN is about as meaningful as your garbage victory today. I’m just thankful CBS finally switched over to the Chargers game so I had something to celebrate. All in all. A GREAT finish to an otherwise disappointing day.

  46. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 29, 2013 10:02 PM

    jmf, both of those cakewalk teams beat your team this year, technically ending your playoff hopes. And you should be happy about the 3rd place finish – easier schedule next year and better draft order.

  47. rocketcrab says: Dec 29, 2013 11:44 PM

    Congrats to the Bengals, now go and do the AFC North proud. We’ll see ya’ll next season!

  48. mlbbal52 says: Dec 29, 2013 11:48 PM

    Steelers had a great run to almost get into the playoffs…Ravens well Ravens were bad, the offensive line sucks and they had no possession receiver. Flacco is just terrible and I been saying this forever, he is a product of what’s been around him. Ozzie made a huge mistake of letting Boldin go for nothing and Boldin wanted to retire a Raven. Anyway this is a young team and I am sure they will be right back in it next year just like the Steelers will be. By the way the Champs to chumps thing is dumb you are talking about a team with a great playoff streak and a Super Bowl under their belt in recent years. I gotta laugh at Bengals fans though you finally win the AFC North and you guys are kings? Let’s try winning a ring before you throw your weight around…

  49. gallopinggilmore says: Dec 30, 2013 12:24 AM

    Go Bengals! At least one playoff win please! Seeing how the later part of the season has gone for the Pats and how the refs went FOR them, I fear a Manning-Brady AFC Championship game is in the cards and unavoidable.

  50. florioblowsssss says: Dec 30, 2013 8:16 AM

    People keep bringing up Flacco’s wins. Since his rookie year, Flacco has one more regular season win than Brady. The problem with that is Brady only played half of one game in 2008. I’m sure the same can be said about Manning being out a few years ago. It’s an irrelevant stat.

  51. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 30, 2013 9:43 AM

    Joemontanaflacco | Dec 29, 2013, 9:53 PM EST
    “By the way, Steelers finished 2nd in the North, and you are 1 small step above the Browns.”

    By the way, finishing 2nd as opposed to 3rd in the AFCN is about as meaningful as your garbage victory today. I’m just thankful CBS finally switched over to the Chargers game so I had something to celebrate. All in all. A GREAT finish to an otherwise disappointing day.

    Translation: I am really so pi$$ed I want to cry so instead I’ll insult the steeler fans which makes me happy.

  52. Joemontanaflacco says: Dec 30, 2013 10:45 AM

    “Translation: I am really so pi$$ed I want to cry so instead I’ll insult the steeler fans which makes me happy.”

    What really made me happy is imagining you on the edge of your lazy boy, onion dip and chips scattered and smeared all over your new Christmas sweater, while the Chargers went from a 10 point deficit to OT, only to snatch that last remaining playoff spot from your grubby little undeserving hands. What Joy!!

  53. salutethis says: Dec 30, 2013 11:59 AM

    Huh, from a team that never should have won a playoff game last year to a team not even good enough to make it to the dance this year… I guess there were no more convict veterans left to announce their retirement.. should a kept Reed for that. Then the rat birds would have gotten all the calls…again.

  54. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 30, 2013 12:16 PM

    Joemontanaflacco says:
    Dec 30, 2013 10:45 AM
    “Translation: I am really so pi$$ed I want to cry so instead I’ll insult the steeler fans which makes me happy.”

    What really made me happy is imagining you on the edge of your lazy boy, onion dip and chips scattered and smeared all over your new Christmas sweater, while the Chargers went from a 10 point deficit to OT, only to snatch that last remaining playoff spot from your grubby little undeserving hands. What Joy!!

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    Translation: I am still really pis$ed and the more I try to insult you the better I am feeling. Skippy relax your getting in a frenzy again and will say something to get banned again.

    So how about JumpBallJoe and in Ozzie we trusted? Tell me is it hard to eat all the crow on your plate.

  55. sbchampsagain says: Dec 30, 2013 1:52 PM

    It’s quite sad seeing how some of my fellow Steeler fans are acting.

    Show a little more class.

    Am I the only one that is disappointed that Baltimore is good enough that an 8-8 season is now disappointing?

    Meanwhile, some Steelers fans are HAPPY with an 8-8 season and beating the Ravens via paper tiebreakers?

    Pathetic.

  56. jtbsteeler says: Dec 30, 2013 2:19 PM

    2nd place in the division, higher draft choice than the Rats.

    Funny.

    Dalton gives you no confidence. Rivers will light up that secondary.

  57. Joemontanaflacco says: Dec 30, 2013 5:57 PM

    That does it. I’m rooting for the Bengals to Flacco their way to SB XLVIII.

  58. ravonatorswallowsspunk says: Dec 30, 2013 6:26 PM

    Wait, you mean you want the Dalton to throw up jump balls and pray for the DPI??

    Or do you want Lewis to stomp around and cry like a little girl when calls go against his team?

    Or maybe just get lucky???

    C’mon Fluke-o, that kind of of magic only happens for your filthy rat birds.

  59. josphla2 says: Jan 7, 2014 5:06 PM

    I’m so proud to be a Baltimore Ravens fan because they worked hard on earning their two championships. Unlike new England who cheated the rams and I’m very sure they cheated the panthers and eagles during spy gate as well. their record speaks for itself after spy gate, 0 super bowls and a 5-5 record for tom brady. Bill Beli”cheat” and the pats are nothing to be a fan of .. oh and by the way I’m proud to have Flacco (who tied joe Montana’s record) as the QB of my team over ben worthless burger who rapes women after post seasons .. at least ray lewis faced his trial and beat the case.. big ben paid people off to avoid charges

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