No McCourty, Pats can't eliminate Ravens

In a week when the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots have traded compliment after compliment, Patriots safety Devin McCourty broke the good-natured truce.

"I'll put it this way: there would be no better feeling than us beating them Sunday and ... we eliminate their season right there," McCourty told CSN New England. "For me and a lot of my teammates there’d be no better feeling."

Asked if he hated the Ravens, McCourty said, "A little bit."

There's only one problem with the verbal shot: It can't mathematically happen. The Ravens could be eliminated from winning the AFC North if they lose to the Patriots and the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Minnesota Vikings.

But Baltimore can't be eliminated from the playoffs, no matter what happens Sunday. Even with a loss and a win by the Miami Dolphins, the Ravens would only be one game back of the Dolphins for the final wild-card spot and they still hold the tiebreaker. It would put the Ravens in a bad spot, but they wouldn't be outright eliminated from contention.