- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Baltimore Ravens are in the playoffs once again. This time, it comes compliments of their division rival.
With the Pittsburgh Steelers losing at the Dallas Cowboys in overtime, the Ravens (9-5) secured a playoff berth. Baltimore certainly hasn't looked like a playoff team recently, losing three straight games. And it's tough for the Ravens to celebrate anything Sunday after losing by 17 points to the Broncos.
But the Ravens are back in the playoffs for the fifth straight season. That's the longest current streak in the NFL.
"The most important thing to understand is that, and our guys understand this, every goal that we have, starting with our first goal which is to win the AFC North is in front of us," coach John Harbaugh said after the Ravens' game, which came before they officially clinched. "It’s still there, and every dream that we have, which is the ultimate dream is still available to us. And that’s what you keep in mind. It’s a tough league for tough guys, and you have to find a way to put it behind you, improve, address the issues, own them and move on. That’s what we plan on doing. That’s really the message."
As far as winning the AFC North, the Ravens hold a one-game lead over the Cincinnati Bengals (8-6) for first place in the division. The Steelers (7-7) drop one game behind the Bengals for the sixth and final playoff berth in the AFC.