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The Baltimore Ravens feel as if they've already started the playoffs.
It's a sensation the New York Giants may not experience this year.
In a duel between two slumping teams desperate for a victory, the Ravens beat the Giants 33-14 on Sunday to win the AFC North for the second straight season.
''The difference was, for us, I just think we had a little bit more sense of urgency because we knew what was at stake,'' Baltimore running back Ray Rice said. ''This was a championship game for us. Solidify the home playoff game, back-to-back division champs. That's huge around here.''
The Ravens (10-5) were already assured a fifth straight trip to the playoffs, but by winning the division crown, they are guaranteed to open the playoffs at home during the first weekend in January.
''I am as proud of this team right now as ever,'' coach John Harbaugh said.
The defending champion Giants, meanwhile, are simply hard to figure out. ...
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Tweet Baltimore Ravens wide receiver/return specialist Jacoby Jones has found the end zone via a reception, a punt return, and two kickoff returns this season. When Jones crosses the goal line he rarely disappoints in the celebration department. Against the Pittsburgh Steelers Jones gave us this gem. He channeled his inner Deion Sanders after [...]
Are the Giants are trying to miss the playoffs?
Here are my Power Rankings and a quick note about each team.
1) San Francisco - Don't panic, Seattle doesn't lose at home.
2) Texans - They are solid on both sides of the ball.
3) Patriots - Suspect defense keep them from the top spot.
4) Denver - On the rise, are they a Super Bowl sleeper?
5) Falcons - They need...
Following today’s big win over the Giants, Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh confirmed that linebacker Ray Lewis won’t be ready to play in next week’s season finale, but they’re hoping to be on the field for the playoffs.
John Harbaugh confirmed that Ray Lewis won’t play next week. They’re aiming for him to return in playoffs.
— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun...
The Ravens have to win this week to clinch the AFC North but can their do it against the Giants.
Now that we're in the last two weeks of the season, the playoff scenarios are starting to come into focus.
Here's a look at the scenarios and my predictions:
AFC - Playoff Scenarios
HOUSTON TEXANS - Playing Minnesota
Houston can clinch a first-round...
Ed Reed is generally known as one of the most imposing players in the NFL. The free safety has earned a reputation over the years as a defensive force, an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and former defensive player of the year.
So, perhaps he doesn’t want his competition seeing his softer side.
Back on Dec. 2, the evening of a 23-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Reed and his Ravens...
Jacoby Jones got into the endzone during the first half of today’s game against the Giants and delighted Ravens fans with this interesting touchdown celebration.
Robot? Bernie? RoboBernie?
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Joe Flacco has engineered some good drives against the Giants’ defense. On a 3rd-and-18, Flacco hit Anquan Boldin for 39 yards to get the Ravens in the red zone.
Jacoby Jones appeared to have a touchdown on the following play, but after review, the referees ruled the pass incomplete.
Justin Tucker kicked a field goal to give the Ravens a 17-7 lead in the middle of the second quarter.
With the Giants on the brink of seeing their playoff hopes completely vanish -– New York is still mathematically alive but will need a lot of help to get in -- defensive end Osi Umenyiora said he's reflected a bit over his career with the NFL team that drafted him, and has come to accept that there is a "very real possibility" that this is his final season as a Giant...
Have yourself a day, Joe Flacco.
Flacco has 202 yards and three touchdowns (one rushing) in the first half of the game. All that adds up to a 24-7 Ravens lead at halftime.
Baltimore has 289 yards of offense.
The defense has sacked Eli Manning twice and has been aggressive all day.
Baltimore receives the ball to start the second half.
The New York Football Giants look like they once again forgot that nothing is handed to you, especially in the NFL! This time it looks to be too late, needing a win against Philly, a Cowboy loss to Wash, Green Bay to beat Minnesota, and the Bears to fall to a Lions team that cannot get out of it’s own way, just to make the playoffs. It was just last season where they were...
1. Nobody should sleep on the Ravens.
The Baltimore Ravens could go from playoff afterthought to Super Bowl contenders very quickly. Their fate depends on Joe Flacco, who finally awoke from his month-long slumber to complete 25-of-36 passes for 309 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Ravens’ 33-14 rout of the Giants in Baltimore. When Flacco plays like he did...
Eli Manning might want to change his nickname from "Easy" to "Woozy" after the consecutive beatdowns the New York Giants quarterback has gone through over the past two weeks.
Last Sunday's 34-0 blowout by the Atlanta Falcons was compounded by yesterday's ugly 33-14 loss to the Baltimore Ravens which left the Giants signal caller looking for more than...