Depending on whom you talked to in the locker room after the Ravens' 45-point thumping of the Detroit Lions Sunday, the players either kept an eye on the scoreboard or didn't even bother to see how the Denver Broncos and Jacksonville Jaguars were doing.
(The Broncos, currently in position to claim the first wildcard, lost, 28-16, to the Indianapolis Colts. The Jaguars, still ahead of the Ravens, Miami Dolphins and New York Jets for the second wildcard, lost to the Dolphins, 14-10.)
Tight end Todd Heap represented the latter group, saying that the Ravens were concentrating on what they had to do.
"Obviously, we needed this win," he said. "We've got three more games this season, and to control things the way we want to control them, we've got to win all of them."
Linebacker Terrell Suggs, however, admitted that he and several of his teammates peeked at the scoreboard.
"We just kept looking at the scores," he said. "After Joe [Flacco] and Ray [Rice] and Mase [Derrick Mason] started doing their thing, we started looking at the scoreboard like, 'OK, who's doing what? Who's winning what?' So we saw that Miami beat Jacksonville and Indy beat Denver. I don't know what [other] help we needed. Those were the two big ones. All we've got to do is handle our pressure first."