The Ravens beat the Bengals, 13-7, in ugly fashion. With the Steelers steam rolling the Browns, the Ravens are left with the fifth seed in the playoff picture. The Ravens finished the season 12-4. If the Ravens want to win the whole thing they’re going to have to do it away from home. They won’t have a single home game in this year’s playoff.
The Ravens’ defense is going into the playoffs on a high note. They created four turnovers and only held the Bengals to seven points. Ed Reed picked Carson Palmer twice in this game. Ed Reed leads the league in interceptions with eight while missing half the season with a hip injury.
The Bengals had the ball with 45 seconds left on the clock. The Bengals were able to reach the 11 yard line with plenty time on the clock. The next play, the Bengals completed a nine yard pass that was just short of the end zone and a first down. Palmer quickly gets back to the line of scrimmage to spike the ball successfully. They’re left with two plays to get in the end zone from two yards away.
The Ravens stop them on the next two plays to win the game and gain some momentum going into the playoffs. As for the offense, they played a poor game. They didn’t run the ball unsuccessfully and their passing game was virtually non existent. Joe Flacco was 14 of 19 for 125 yards and an interception. That is not going to cut it in the playoffs.
The Ravens will have to travel to Arrowhead Stadium to play the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday afternoon. It’s very difficult for a road team to go into an environment like Arrowhead Stadium and pull off a playoff victory.
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Written by Frisco Fahs