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Game 14: Ravens holding the (wild) cards

On a day when the other AFC wild-card contenders folded at an amazing rate, the Ravens took advantage of their opportunities to seize control of their playoff future.

Converting six turnovers from a late-arriving Chicago Bears team into 24 points, the Ravens rolled to a 31-7 victory in their final regular-season game at M&T Bank Stadium and raced past a free-falling AFC field to move into the No. 5 seed.

On Saturday, a major snowstorm stopped the Bears from arriving in Baltimore until 10:49 p.m., 17 hours before kickoff. On Sunday, the avalanche crashed upon Chicago (5-9) in the form of the Ravens' opportunistic defense and surprising passing attack.

The Ravens (8-6)...