The Ravens boarded their plane with commemorative championship caps and headed for the only place they want to be at this time of the year.
Homeward bound. And very happy.
Baltimore clinched the AFC North title with a 24-16 victory over Cincinnati on Sunday, completing a perfect run through one of the NFL's toughest divisions. The Ravens finished tied with Pittsburgh at 12-4 but had the tiebreaker with their two head-to-head wins.
The Bengals made it, too, getting every bit of help they needed right up to the end. Cincinnati (9-7) didn't beat a playoff-caliber team all season, going 0-7, but advanced to the postseason when the Jets and the Broncos also lost on Sunday.
Baltimore hadn't won the division since 2006, making the playoffs the last three years as a wild card and coming up short of the Super Bowl. The Ravens made it an overriding goal to get home-field advantage this time around. Their win on Sunday left them with the conference's No. 2 seed and a first-round bye follow...