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.
It was a long, winding road with plenty of twists and turns, but with Sunday's 24-16 win against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Ravens have won the AFC North for the first time in the John Harbaugh era. The Ravens were on the ropes late in the fourth quarter. But the team's most valuable players, Terrell Suggs and Ray Rice, sealed the win with a forced fumble and another long touchdown run, respectively. Now the ailing Ravens can rest. Here are my quick-hits thoughts after the 12-4 Ravens beat the 9-7 Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday.
After briefly allowing control of the AFC North to slip out of their grasp, the Ravens can still clinch the division by winning out. The first of their final two games is against the Cleveland Browns on Saturday afternoon. Here are five storylines to watch as the Ravens and Browns spend their Christmas Eve at M&T Bank Stadium.
The Ravens just released their final injury report before Saturday's home game against the Cleveland Browns and there were no surprises. Wide receiver Anquan Boldin (knee) was already ruled out on Thursday. Kicker Billy Cundiff (calf) was listed as doubtful on Friday and defensive end Cory Redding (ankle) is questionable.
With kicker Billy Cundiff battling a calf injury, the Ravens announced Wednesday that they have signed veteran kicker Shayne Graham. To make room for Graham -- and to keep Cundiff on the active roster -- the team placed linebacker Chavis Williams on injured reserve with a foot injury.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh isn't a fan of the new kickoff rule that has led to an increase in touchbacks around the NFL. ... Marshal Yanda has missed the two practices following the preseason opener with back spasms, so the Ravens shuffled Oniel Cousins to Yanda's spot at right guard. ... The Ravens hope Sergio Kindle's debut on Thursday night was a sign of things to come. ... Jo-Jo Reyes pitched six surprisingly strong innings Sunday and the Orioles strung together 14 hits to defeat the Tigers, 8-5, at Camden Yards. ... Orioles starter Jake Arrieta said he was a little relieved when he found out his elbow surgery went well. ... Joe Jordan believes the Orioles will sign top pick Dylan Bundy before Monday night's midnight deadline.