The Ravens' 20-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns in front of an announced 71,070 at M&T Bank Stadium, combined with the Chargers' 19-7 loss to the Chiefs, sends the Ravens to the playoffs for the sixth time in John Harbaugh's seven seasons.
Immediately after their 20-10 victory, the Ravens started focusing on their next challenge -- trying to mount a successful playoff run. Preparations for the 2015 season can wait, even though their opponents for next year are now all set.
As the Ravens (9-6) square off with the Cleveland Browns (7-8) in a regular-season finale Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, here's Baltimore Sun reporter Aaron Wilson¿s checklist of things to keep an eye on:
It's been an extremely long, frustrating season for Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb, due to a lingering back injury that's just started to fully cooperate as the Ravens prepare for Sunday's regular season finale against the Cleveland Browns.
In an injury development that could affect the Ravens' playoff outlook, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers due to a lacerated spleen.
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.
In a brutal display of ineptitude, the Ravens' offense couldn't protect the football, run it or throw with any degree of success during a 25-13 loss to the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium that damages their playoff outlook.
A knee injury Sunday cut safety Terrence Brooks¿ season short after just 11 games, and defensive coordinator Dean Pees on Thursday kicked himself for trying to fit the first-year safety into too many positions instead of letting him get acclimated to the NFL in just one.
When the Ravens' 28-13 win over the Dolphins in front of an announced 70,244 at Sun Life Stadium was finally complete, players pointed to John Harbaugh's decision as the impetus for a victory that they badly needed.