Rod Jones

Game 15: Bittersweet win whets appetite

In less than a 30-minute span, the Ravens were happy, disappointed and hopeful as they discussed their past, present and future.

Shortly after a 22-0 win yesterday against the Cincinnati Bengals in the team's first-ever shutout, the Ravens displayed the full gamut of emotions of the bittersweet victory before an announced crowd of 68,036 at PSINet Stadium.As the team gathered in the locker room for a post-game meeting, coach Brian Billick informed the Ravens they had been eliminated from playoff contention by virtue of the Buffalo Bills' 13-10 overtime win over the New England Patriots.

Despite having won four straight games and five of their past six, the Ravens (8-7) could...