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WHACKO FOR FLACCO: Rookie quarterback Joe Flacco threw for 297 yards and hit five passes of more than 20 yards - both season highs. After Jacksonville took a 7-3 lead in the first quarter, Flacco went 12-for-13 for 192 yards to lead three straight touchdown drives to basically seal the playoff berth.

MORE STEALS FOR REED: Ravens safety Ed Reed picked off two passes, one at the Ravens' 15-yard line and the other in the end zone. With his eighth interception in six games, Reed is making a strong push for NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

BIG-PLAY CLAYTON: While Derrick Mason drew most of the attention from defenses, wide receiver Mark Clayton had 128 receiving yards on four catches. It was his eighth career 100-yard game, the most in team history.

HOME SECURITY: The Ravens became the first team since the 1962 Green Bay Packers to go an entire season without allowing more than 13 points in any home game. In eight games at M&T; Bank Stadium, the Ravens gave up an average of 10 points.

NOSE FOR THE END ZONE: Le'Ron McClain scored two touchdowns to finish the season with 10, the second most in team history. Jamal Lewis scored 14 rushing touchdowns in 2003.

THEY SAID IT: "This wasn't just finishing up the season or a game that was going to get us into the playoffs. This was a playoff game. That level of intensity, we had to come out full steam ahead. We're not holding back any of our weapons; we're not going to try and keep anybody fresh. We're coming out and giving everything." - Jason Brown, Ravens center, on the significance of yesterday's game.

COMING ATTRACTION: As the AFC's sixth seed, the wild-card Ravens travel to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday for the first round of the playoffs. On Oct. 19, the Ravens beat the Dolphins in Miami, 27-13. Tickets for the game in Miami will go on sale at 9 a.m. today; contact Ticketmaster or call 800-745-3000.

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