Kelley Washington

Game 16: Power play: Ravens punch ticket to playoffs

- With a stunning stiff- arm - both literal and figurative - the Ravens pushed aside the Oakland Raiders and clinched a wild-card playoff spot.

Willis McGahee bashed a Raiders player to the turf on his way to a 77-yard touchdown, and the Ravens grounded the hopes of several AFC playoff contenders in similar fashion with their 21-13 victory over the Raiders before an announced 38,400 at Oakland-Alameda County Stadium on Sunday.

With the win, the Ravens (9-7) will meet the New England Patriots on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the first round.

The defining moment of Sunday's triumph was the left arm that McGahee used to drive Raiders free safety Hiram Eugene to the ground at about...