Ravens roll over Giants, move into playoff spot with one game to play

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Ravens roll over Giants, move into playoff spot with one game to play originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

On Sunday, for perhaps the first time in history, the Ravens cheered after a Steelers victory.

As the Ravens bowled over the Giants 27-13 at M&T Bank Stadium, the Colts blew a big lead in Pittsburgh and lost 28-24. And, as a result, the Ravens moved into a playoff spot with one week left to play in the regular season. 

The Steelers, with the win, became AFC North champions no matter what happens in their Week 17 matchup against the Browns.

The Ravens have now won four-straight games and, with a win over the 4-10-1 Bengals next week in Cincinnati, the Ravens will be in the playoffs for a third straight season. 

Sunday wasn’t a must-win for the Ravens, but they certainly needed every caveat they could to go their way — and they got perhaps the most unlikely outcome to come up their way. 

It took about one quarter for the Ravens to take control of the Giants, as they marched right down the field on their first drive of the game for a 13-play, 82-yard touchdown drive. From there, they were never in danger of losing the lead as the Giants’ defense wasn’t up to the task of slowing down quarterback Lamar Jackson, who led the Ravens to more than 400 yards of total offense. 

Jackson finished 17-of-26 passing with 183 yards and two touchdown passes. He added 80 yards on the ground. 

But most importantly, the Ravens are now 60 minutes from the playoffs.