After a fierce race in the AFC North all season, the Baltimore Ravens clinched the division title on Sunday beating the Cincinnati Bengals. It is Baltimore’s first division title since 2006.
The Pittsburgh Steelers challenged Baltimore all year keeping pace with them in the win column. Baltimore, however, defeated Pittsburgh twice, which hasn’t happened since, again 2006, giving the Ravens the tiebreaker. Both teams held on for wins in Ohio on Sunday and finished the regular season 12-4.
This is Baltimore’s fourth consecutive season making the playoffs all of which have come since hiring head coach John Harbaugh and drafting quarterback Joe Flacco. The Ravens are 48-23 during that span, and this season’s 12-4 record ties last year’s mark as their best regular season.
In each of the three previous seasons, Baltimore has also won at least one playoff game. Amazingly, every single one of them has been on the road. Because Baltimore usually falls short of winning the division title, it ...