The Ravens (8-6) entered Week 15 on the outside looking in when it came to the postseason. But Thursday's loss by the Jacksonville Jaguars (7-7) made the Ravens the sixth seed, the final wild-card spot. A win Sunday by Baltimore and additional losses by the Miami Dolphins (7-7) and New York Jets (7-7) also gave the Ravens some breathing room with two games remaining.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was tremendous Sunday, throwing for 234 yards and four touchdowns. Baltimore will need that type of efficiency from Flacco the rest of the way.
After back-to-back laughers against Chicago (5-9) and the Detroit Lions (2-12), the Ravens will travel next week to play the Pittsburgh Steelers in a huge rivalry game. Baltimore won the first meeting, 20-17, at home in overtime on Nov. 29. But Pittsburgh was without starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who sat out that game with a concussion.