Ravens can clinch with win, Chargers loss

December, 22, 2013
12/22/13
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The Baltimore Ravens can clinch a playoff berth for the sixth straight season if they beat the New England Patriots, and the San Diego Chargers lose or tie against the Oakland Raiders.

This scenario became possible when the Miami Dolphins lost at the Buffalo Bills, 19-0, on Sunday. The Dolphins (8-7) fell a half-game behind the Ravens for the sixth and final wild-card spot in the AFC.

The Ravens (8-6) still need to beat the New England Patriots in order to remain in contention for the AFC North title. A win for Baltimore means the division title is on the line for Sunday's regular-season finale at Cincinnati. If the Ravens lose to the Patriots, the Bengals would win the AFC North title.

In terms of the wild-card race, the Ravens would drop into a tie with the Dolphins -- and possibly Chargers (7-7), depending on their game against the Raiders -- with a loss to the Patriots. In a three-team tie, the Dolphins would have the edge over the Ravens and Chargers because they have the better conference record. If the Ravens and Dolphins finish in a two-team tie, the Ravens hold the tiebreaker because they won at Miami this season.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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