Yes, you read the headline right. The once 4-6 Baltimore Ravens can clinch a playoff berth in Week 16. Even Jim Schwartz is shocked, just look at his face in the header image. The Ravens pulled off yet another improbable victory going into Ford Field and defeating the Detroit Lions. The win was even more unlikely because the Ravens didn’t score a single touchdown, but instead got by with six Justin Tucker field goals, including a 61 yard game winner with 38 seconds left in the game. The win puts the Ravens at 8-6 and back into the last wild card spot that they were briefly knocked out of.
The Ravens can clinch a playoff spot in Week 16 if they beat the New England Patriots and with losses by the Miami Dolphins and San Diego Chargers. The Dolphins will travel to freezing upstate New York to play the Buffalo Bills, who already defeated them earlier in the year. The Chargers host the Oakland Raiders at home as well; the Raiders also defeated the Chargers earlier in the season.
In addition to the clinching scenario above, a win against the Patriots would set up a winner take all matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 17 for the AFC North crown. Who would have ever imagined that? I’ve been saying for weeks that if the Ravens could go on a run and be just one game behind the Bengals going into the Week 17 game, then they could win the division. I think I’ll pat myself on the back for that.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m the feeling the Ravens magic again, just like last year. The following couple of weeks should be very exciting, to say the least.
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