Robert Bean

Game 14: Ravens zero in on playoffs

Fifteen weeks into the season, a familiar chill descended on PSINet Stadium.Barricading the end zone with three interceptions inside their 20-yard line, the Ravens rode a once-again defiant defense yesterday to freeze out the ragged Cincinnati Bengals, 16-0, in front of a sellout crowd of 68,987.

Feeling the stiff breeze of playoff atmosphere invade their locker room, the Ravens rallied around an emotional pre-game speech by middle linebacker Ray Lewis to record their long-overdue first shutout and take a major step toward clinching a postseason berth.

The defending Super Bowl champions improved to 9-5 and have a two-game lead for the final wild-card spot with two games...