Todd Yoder

Game 15: Bucs make the Ravens pay

Eleven months ago, the Ravens left Raymond James Stadium with a firm grip around the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Last night, the defending Super Bowl champions departed empty-handed and felt their playoff chances begin to slip almost out of their grasp.

Wincing from a series of pivotal mistakes, the Ravens clumsily folded late to the Tampa Buccaneers, 22-10, before 65,619.The Ravens (9-6) still can secure a playoff berth today if Seattle loses at San Diego. If the Seahawks (7-7) win today, the Ravens can clinch next week with a win against Minnesota or a Seattle loss to Kansas City.

The Buccaneers (9-6), who improved to 10-0 at Raymond James in December, moved a step closer to...