The Pittsburgh Steelers finalized their regular season with a win over the Cincinnati Bengals to host the Baltimore Ravens during wild card week of the 2014 NFL Playoffs.
The easy part may have been getting to the playoffs in the first place when considering who Baltimore must play next. Their biggest rivals in Pittsburgh will be their first test as they look to advance in the postseason for the 6th time in 7 seasons.
The Ravens would never look back and would secure the 20-10 win and coupled with a San Diego Chargers loss to the Kansas City Chiefs return to the post season after a one-year absence.
The Ravens got the help they needed and took care of business themselves to secure a spot in the playoffs. Now it’s on to Pittsburgh for Round 3 with their biggest foe.
The NFC and AFC North titles will be fought for by iconic franchises, in sacred arenas; just 60 minutes of mayhem in old, cold NFL towns.
There have been several moments where I felt the Ravens were the best team in the AFC North and deserved consideration for being an elite team in the AFC. But inconsistencies, injuries, and overall mayhem have prevented that from being the reality.
After the day’s action was done, only two of the six improved to 8-5. Thanks to their 28-13 victory over the Dolphins in Miami, the Ravens were one of the two.
It’s hard to say that the Ravens, with 4 games to go and at 7-5 are tied for the second wild card, are in a must win, but I think they are.
Terry Ford is glad he was wrong about the Ravens in New Orleans.
The Chiefs rolled into Oakland to take on the winless Raiders and found themselves in the middle of a battle against a team that couldn’t win if you gave them a game.
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