BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The 2020 regular NFL season is nearing its end, and the Baltimore Ravens have yet to secure a spot in the playoffs. As the final weekend approaches, the Ravens control their own destiny when it comes to clinching a wildcard spot in the playoffs in Week 17.

The Ravens took down the New York Giants 27-13 on Sunday in their fourth consecutive win. It’s been an up-and-down season for the Ravens, who started strong before battling a COVID-19 outbreak that left star players on the sidelines and led the NFL to fine the team $250,000.

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There are still multiple ways Lamar Jackson and crew can return to the playoffs this year, and it all hinges on next weekend when the Ravens (10-5) take on the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Will the team repeat its dominant 27-3 win over Cincinnati from Week 5? It remains to be seen.

Here’s a breakdown of the scenarios in which the Ravens could end up in the post-season:

  1. Ravens beat Bengals
  2. Cleveland Browns (10-5) lose
  3. Indianapolis Colts (10-5) lose
  4. Ravens tie and Miami Dolphins (10-5) lose
  5. Ravens tie and Titans (10-5) lose
  6. Ravens tie and Browns tie
  7. Ravens tie and Colts tie

Three teams, the Buffalo Bills, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the reigning Super Bowl-champion Kansas City Chiefs, have clinched playoff spots.

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The Ravens play the Bengals Sunday at 1 p.m. in Cincinnati. Watch the game on WJZ.

CBS Baltimore Staff