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Ravens need win, help to qualify for postseason

Monday - 12/23/2013, 7:49pm  ET

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh stands on the sidelines in the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Baltimore. New England won 41-7. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

DAVID GINSBURG
AP Sports Writer

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) -- Before absorbing the worst home defeat in franchise history, the Baltimore Ravens hoped a win at Cincinnati in the season finale this Sunday would provide them with a third straight AFC North title.

Now, beating the Bengals might not even be good enough to get the defending Super Bowl champs a return trip to the playoffs.

Baltimore's 41-7 loss to New England on Sunday ended the Ravens' four-game winning streak, dropped their record to 8-7 and ruined any chance they had to win the division crown.

The only way Baltimore can reach the postseason is as the second wild-card team. The Ravens need to beat Cincinnati and hope either Miami or San Diego loses or ties.

Coach John Harbaugh says, "It's a one-game season as far as we're concerned. "


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