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.