Ravens gain confidence to 'win whole thing' despite loss to Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Baltimore Ravens lost their one-game lead for the AFC's No. 6 seed. The Ravens lost any margin for error heading into the final three weeks of the season.

But Baltimore believes something was gained in a 27-24 overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

"We can beat anybody and we can win the whole thing," safety Eric Weddle said. "As bad as we wanted this win, coming away this team knows we can play with anyone and beat anyone. It just hurts because we felt like we played better than them. We feel like we should've came away with a win but we didn't."

In order to pursue those championship aspirations, Baltimore has to figure out how it can secure a playoff spot. The Ravens now find themselves in a crowded four-team dash for the final playoff spot in the conference.

As the Ravens nearly pulled off the upset of the day, the other 7-6 teams came through in delivering impressive victories this week.

The Miami Dolphins produced a miracle to beat the New England Patriots. The Indianapolis Colts ended the Houston Texans' nine-game win streak. And the Tennessee Titans stomped the Jacksonville Jaguars.

In addition to the wild-card race, Baltimore still has a chance to win the AFC North for the first time since its 2012 Super Bowl season. Pittsburgh is only a half-game ahead of the Ravens after losing at Oakland on Sunday and plays the Patriots and New Orleans Saints the next two weeks.

"We ain't got time to die," cornerback Jimmy Smith said. "We got three more games we have to win. Just proved we could obviously hang with any offense, any team. That's a lot of firepower over there."

To capture the division or the No. 6 seed, it's looking like the Ravens will have to reach 10 wins. That means the Ravens need to win out against Tampa Bay at home, at the Los Angeles Chargers and home against the Cleveland Browns.

"A lot of us are pissed off," linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "But that's a good thing. It's good to be pissed off in December. We're going to take that and channel it into our preparation for Tampa Bay."

What angers the Ravens the most is how they were 90 seconds away from beating the best team in the AFC. Lamar Jackson hit John Brown for his second touchdown pass of the game to put Baltimore up 24-17, and the Chiefs faced a fourth-and-9 at their own 40-yard line.

But Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw a desperation, 48-yard pass to Tyreek Hill, which eventually led to a game-tying touchdown in the final minute. How unlikely was that fourth-down completion? The probability was 15.8 percent, the second lowest on Mahomes' completions this year.

The Chiefs won in overtime with a 35-yard field goal, leaving Baltimore to lament the plays that could've turned the game around. There was the time Suggs overran a Mahomes fumble in the fourth quarter. There were the 11 Ravens penalties for 112 yards that repeatedly put them in holes. And there was the no-call on the incompletion to Willie Snead on the final play of the game despite contact by Chiefs cornerback Kendall Fuller, which would've put the Ravens in range for a tying 54-yard field goal attempt by Justin Tucker.

"I felt like there was contact," Snead said. "It's out of my control to be honest. There were calls we could've got all over the game, but at the end of the day, it came down to that play. I didn't get the call. At the end of the day, I didn't get the catch."

Baltimore showed its resiliency on that final failed play. Jackson suffered an ankle injury and left the game (X-rays taken later were negative), which put the game in the hands of Robert Griffin III.

Coming in cold, Griffin threw a couple of strong passes that nearly put Baltimore in scoring range.

"We didn't come here for no moral victory," Suggs said. "We didn't come here to do well against a 10-2 team. No. We came to win. We ain't taking no, no. We didn't come here for no moral victory."

The Ravens did show they can push one of the top teams in the NFL to the brink. There were questions about that when Baltimore won three straight against last-place teams in the Cincinnati Bengals (5-8), Oakland Raiders (3-10) and Atlanta Falcons (4-9).

Against the Chiefs, Jackson threw multiple touchdown passes for the first time in his career. The NFL's top defense held the Chiefs to their lowest point total of the year. Baltimore hit Mahomes 15 times, the most the MVP favorite has been knocked around this season. It marked the first time Kansas City trailed in the fourth quarter at home this season.

"Right now, the way we're playing, no one is going to want to face us," Weddle said. "We got to do our job to get into the playoffs and see what happens. We'll be a team to be reckoned with, for sure."