Ravens will clinch top seed by winning out

As reported earlier on the AFC North blog, the Baltimore Ravens can clinch a playoff berth if they win at San Diego on Sunday night. If Baltimore wins its last three regular-season games, there is a bigger prize to be had.

The Ravens will earn the AFC's top seed (over New England and Houston) as well as home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs by winning out, the league confirmed to ESPN Stats & Information. The reason is because none of the AFC playoff contenders can have a better strength of victory than Baltimore.

This would mark the first time in the Ravens' 16-year existence that they would enter the postseason as the No. 1 seed. Baltimore was the No. 2 seed in 2006, the last time the Ravens played a postseason game at home.

Baltimore's last three games are at San Diego, home against Cleveland and at Cincinnati.

Asked today about the team's focus in regards to the playoffs, coach John Harbaugh said, "Just win the next game. If that happens, we pretty much know where the chips are going to fall. We try to control what we can control."