Jason Brookins

Game 16: Ravens trudge into playoffs

The Ravens marched into the playoffs as much on memory as they did on might.

Dusting off a dominant yet familiar formula, the defending Super Bowl champions clinched the league's final playoff spot by hammering the reeling Minnesota Vikings, 19-3, last night before 69,465 at PSINet Stadium in this city's first Monday Night Football game in more than two decades. Behind an unrelenting defense, a stout running game and the reliable leg of kicker Matt Stover, the Ravens (10-6) earned the AFC's fifth seed and will begin their title defense against the Dolphins at Miami in Sunday's wild-card round. Minnesota (5-11), which went winless on the road this season, showed little fight three...