Ravens stake claim on No. 6 seed in playoffs after Colts, Browns lose in Week 16

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Matthew Stevens
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The Baltimore Ravens had a few playoff scenarios that could earn them a spot at the big kid’s table this week. And by taking care of their own business, beating the New York Giants 27-13, it was time to watch the scoreboard.

Baltimore got exactly what it needed, seeing both the Indianapolis Colts lose to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 28-24, and the Cleveland Browns lose to the New York Jets, 23-16. The Ravens are right in the thick of the playoff race again, sitting in the No. 6 seed Sunday evening.

With the Colts and Browns falling to 10-5 and Baltimore holding the head-to-head tiebreakers against both teams, the Ravens sit ahead of both and their path to the playoffs is far simpler. But that doesn’t mean they’re fully locked in yet. The Ravens will still need to beat the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 17 to cement themselves into the Wild Card round.

For the first time in quite a few weeks, Baltimore is fully in control of their own destiny. And they’ve been heating up at exactly the right time, seeing the offense begin to find a rhythm with a defense that is just starting to get healthy again. The Ravens are far from perfect but the rest of the AFC hasn’t looked any better, giving hope Baltimore can still live their Super Bowl dreams this season.