Here are the most interesting stories Monday in the AFC North:
The Baltimore Ravens (9-7) beat the Oakland Raiders, 21-13. As a result, Baltimore will prepare for the New England Patriots (10-6) in the wild-card round.
Morning take: We will have a lot on this matchup Monday and during the week. But I think Ravens-Patriots could be one of the best games of the opening round.
The Cincinnati Bengals (10-6) were bruised and battered by the New York Jets (9-7), 37-0. These two teams will meet again in the postseason.
Morning take: That's what it looks like when the Jets are at their best and the Bengals are at their worst. Which two teams will show up Saturday in Cincinnati?
The Pittsburgh Steelers finished 9-7 but will miss the playoffs first time since 2006.
Morning take: For most teams a nine-win season is a success. But rest assured it will not feel that way for the Steelers' organization this offseason.
Cleveland Browns tailback Jerome Harrison finished the year strong with 127 rushing yards in a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Morning take: Harrison and Joshua Cribbs have been the biggest factors behind Cleveland's four-game winning streak. Both could be building blocks for 2010.