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Game 16: Ravens rest assured at 13-3

Relying on a familiar formula, the Ravens marched into uncharted playoff territory yesterday:

A No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the postseason.

The Ravens captured the highest playoff seeding in team history, using a ball-control offense and a ball-hawking defense to beat the Buffalo Bills, 19-7, at a damp M&T Bank Stadium.

The offense did its part to control the clock for 36 minutes, 21 seconds (compared to the Bills' 23:39), but it was the defense that provided the touchdown, when cornerback Chris McAlister returned an interception 31 yards for a score late in the third quarter.

In setting the team record for wins in the regular...