Posted December 24, 2012 on AP on Fox
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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