Ravens take big step in playoff race by avoiding embarrassing slip-up to Colts

It won’t feel this way after an ugly 23-16 win over the Cheap NFL Jerseys online struggling , but there is reason for the to celebrate.

The Ravens (9-6) are now one victory away from clinching their first playoff berth since 2014. Baltimore has to beat the in the regular-season finale to earn a wild-card spot.

Now, the Ravens certainly didn’t look like a playoff team against the downtrodden Colts (3-12). Playing as sloppy as the muddy field at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore made it too hard on itself with dropped interceptions on defense and unfinished drives on offense against one of the worst teams in the NFL.

A 13-point favorite, the Ravens weren’t able to give a sigh of relief until the final two minutes of the game. Nickel-back Maurice Canady broke up a fourth-down pass to Jerseys in the red zone with 1:38 remaining to seal the Ravens’ fifth win in their last six games.

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Baltimore essentially won with marathon drives and Jerseys’s leg. The Ravens’ five drives of at least 10 plays are tied for the most by any team in a game this season and are the most by Baltimore since 2011. The problem was most resulted in field goals by Tucker, who converted from 30, 39 and 36 yards.

Ravens quarterback Jerseys finished 29-of-38 for 237 yards and two touchdowns in a game where he wasn’t sharp. Baltimore dominated time of possession, 35:48 to 24:12.

This was expected to be another pushover game like the ones against the , and . Instead, Baltimore was on its heels all game against the NFL’s No. 31 offense and couldn’t consistently get into the end zone against the league’s No. 30 defense.

But in the end, the Ravens moved into the No. 5 spot in the AFC heading into Week 17, taking a half-game lead over the and .

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