Curtis Conway

Game 14: Happy berth day

Game 14: Happy berth day

This is why Shannon Sharpe came to Baltimore after 10 years in Denver.

It's why Rob Burnett came back for his 11th NFL season.It's why Brian Billick came from Minnesota a year ago.

Playoff football became a reality for the Ravens yesterday when they rumbled past the San Diego Chargers, 24-3, in the cold and rain of a December homestretch at PSINet Stadium.

Their fifth straight victory secured the first postseason berth of their Baltimore tenure, and made a lot of career decisions look inspired in hindsight.

"The reason I didn't retire, the reason I came back here, is because of this," said Burnett, who began his career with the Cleveland Browns and...