Sunday, December 23, 2012
Ravens clinch second straight division title
By Jamison Hensley
It took four weeks of trying, but the Ravens are officially the AFC North champions.
Baltimore clinched the division title by routing the defending Super Bowl champion Giants, 33-14, on Sunday. In ending a three-game losing streak, the Ravens won back-t0-back division titles for the first time in their 17-year existence. This is the Ravens' fourth AFC North title (2003, 2006, 2011 and 2012).
The Ravens (10-5) still have something to play for in their final regular-season game at Cincinnati. Baltimore can move up from the No. 4 seed to the No. 3 spot if it beats the Bengals and the Patriots (11-4) lose at home to the Dolphins. The Ravens have the head-to-head tiebreaker over New England because of a 31-30 win over the Patriots in Week 3.
The final regular-season game is meaningless for the Bengals, who are locked into being the No. 6 seed. Even if Cincinnati (9-6) ties Indianapolis (10-5), the Bengals lose out on the common opponents tiebreaker.