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Ravens need win, help to qualify for postseason
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) -- Before absorbing the worst home defeat in franchise history, the Baltimore Ravens hoped a win at Cincinnati in the season finale this Sunday would provide them with a third straight AFC North title.
Now, beating the Bengals might not even be good enough to get the defending Super Bowl champs a return trip to the playoffs.
Baltimore's 41-7 loss to New England on Sunday ended the Ravens' four-game winning streak, dropped their record to 8-7 and ruined any chance they had to win the division crown.
The only way Baltimore can reach the postseason is as the second wild-card team. The Ravens need to beat Cincinnati and hope either Miami or San Diego loses or ties.
Coach John Harbaugh says, "It's a one-game season as far as we're concerned. "