Ravens veteran wide receiver Torrey Smith was critical of the playing conditions at Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the site of Saturday night's AFC wild-card playoff game between the two rivals.
Heading into Saturday night's AFC wild-card playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field, the Ravens have been outscored, 41-20, in the first half of the past four games. In that span, they have failed to score an offensive touchdown in the first quarter.
The only thing that matters to the Ravens (10-6) is that they'll get another opportunity to overcome their struggles Saturday night, when they face the third-seeded and AFC North champion Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5) at Heinz Field in the AFC wild-card round.
Although Ravens defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan hasn't been ruled out for their playoff game Saturday night, coach John Harbaugh acknowledged it will be difficult for the rookie to make it back in time to play the Pittsburgh Steelers in an AFC wild-card playoff game.
The Ravens can clinch a playoff berth with a win over the Browns plus a Bengals loss, or a Ravens win plus the San Diego Chargers losing or tying the Kansas City Chiefs or a Ravens tie plus a Chargers loss.
Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis is growing accustomed, though, to Jeremy Hill's end zone antics. That includes an unsuccessful attempt to jump into the stands during last Sunday's rout in Cleveland, where he was pushed aside by a Browns fan.
On a day when two of their AFC North rivals were beaten, the Ravens had a 10-point lead with less than seven minutes to play and a six-point advantage with just more than two minutes to go. But their defense couldn't hold either time.
Running back Justin Forsett all but put the game away with his second rushing touchdown late in the fourth quarter as the Ravens beat the New Orleans Saints, 34-27, in front of an announced 73,773 at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.