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Pressure on Ravens after Dolphins win

12/15/2013

The Baltimore Ravens control whether they make the playoffs and will earn the AFC's No. 6 seed if they win their final three games. But the Miami Dolphins put more pressure on the Ravens to win out after they held off the New England Patriots, 24-20, on Sunday.

The Dolphins improve to 8-6 and take a half-game lead over the Ravens (7-6), who play at the Detroit Lions on "Monday Night Football." Miami has a good shot at winning the rest of its game because the Dolphins play at the Buffalo Bills and home against the New York Jets in the final two weeks of the regular season.

This is a much easier end to the regular season than the Ravens, who finish against the Patriots at home and at the Cincinnati Bengals.

If the Ravens and Dolphins finish with the same record (and there is no third team involved in a tiebreaker), Baltimore gets the playoff spot based on its win at Miami earlier this season.

The Ravens still have a shot at the division title if the Bengals slip in their next two games. Cincinnati plays at the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night.