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Baltimore Ravens defeat Cleveland Browns, clinch playoff spot

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Ravens set to play the winner of the Bengals at Steelers game in the Wild Card round of the AFC playoffs.

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Stop me if you've heard this before, but an AFC North team needs the Kansas City Chiefs to beat the San Diego Chargers in week 17 to help them secure a playoff spot.

The Baltimore Ravens went into this weekend needing to win over the Cleveland Browns and for the Chiefs to defeat the Chargers.

Fortunately for them, that's exactly what happened.  Despite falling to a 10-3 deficit in the third quarter, the Ravens rallied to score 17 points in the fourth quarter and oust the Cleveland Browns' hopes to pull of an 8-8 season with rookie quarterback Connor Shaw coming off the practice squad to make his first NFL start. Joe Flacco struggled early in the game, but threw two fourth quarter touchdowns to clinch his team's 10-6 season.

Meanwhile, the Chiefs took a 10-0 lead in the second quarter over the Chargers and never looked back. The Chiefs notched seven sacks and pulled out the win over the Chiefs who were also operating with a backup quarterback, Chase Daniels.

As it stands, the Baltimore Ravens are a lock for the 6th seed in the AFC playoffs no matter what happens tonight in the Bengals at Steelers game.  That means they will play the winner of tonight's matchup, as the winner both clinches the AFC North divisional championship, and the 3rd seed in the AFC playoffs.