The Baltimore Ravens have been a slow-starting team all season and that trend held up on Monday, dealing a huge blow to their playoff hopes.
Baltimore fell behind 17 points at halftime and didn't have enough to overcome the deficit in a 27-14 loss to the Green Bay Packers (8-4). Baltimore made a brief push in the third quarter with back-to-back touchdowns, but sloppy play (11 penalties) and turnovers (four) dropped the Ravens to 6-6 on the season.
The Ravens missed on a golden opportunity to firmly place themselves in the wild-card race. The Jacksonville Jaguars (7-5) currently hold the final wild card in the AFC.
Baltimore is now in a similar position to its AFC North counterpart in the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-6). Both teams, which played in the AFC title game last season, are on life support in terms of the postseason.
The Ravens and Steelers likely have to win their final four games to extend their seasons, and those two teams meet on Dec. 27 in what could be an elimination game in Week 16.