Ravens Earn Playoff Spot with 20-10 Win Over Browns

The Ravens needed help Sunday to get to the postseason, but got that and also took care of business to return to the promise land of the NFL postseason.

The Browns hung around vs the Ravens into the fourth quarter, but the offense finally came to life, scoring 17 points to take home a 20-10 win.

Down 10-3 in the fourth quarter, the Ravens kicked a field goal and then took the lead on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Torrey Smith with 7:33 left.

Flacco’s 2-yard TD throw to Kamar Aiken with 3:44 remaining clinched it.

To reach the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years, the Ravens needed help from the Chiefs, and Kansas City helped with a win over the Chargers in KC.

Rookie quarterback Connor Shaw got the Browns to a 10-3 lead in the fourth, but finally both the offense and defense delivered, holding Cleveland in check and scoring two TD’s and a field goal.

Flacco went 8 for 9 for 161 yards and two touchdowns during a 17-point fourth quarter. He finished 22 for 36 for 312 yards, and the two TD passes gave him a career-high 27 for the season.

Justin Forsett had 119 yards rushing for the Ravens, who will open on the road next weekend.

With quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel out with injuries, Shaw made his NFL debut for Cleveland. The Browns were also without suspended wide receiver Josh Gordon, and they placed cornerback Justin Gilbert on the inactive list after the rookie reportedly showed up late for a team meeting.

The Browns took a 10-3 lead in the third quarter when Shaw went 3 for 3 during an 80-yard drive. Shaw scrambled in the pocket before connecting on a 49-yard completion to rookie Taylor Gabriel, who started in place of Gordon. That was followed by a 2-yard touchdown run by Terrance West.

Baltimore closed to 10-6 with 10:37 left when Justin Tucker kicked a 28-yard field goal after a 39-yard completion from Flacco to tight end Owen Daniels.

Cleveland followed with three straight runs and a punt, giving the Ravens the ball again with 8:23 to go.

Flacco completed a 53-yarder to Smith before hitting the wide receiver in the middle of the end zone for the go-ahead score.

West ran for 94 yards and Shaw went 14 for 28 for 177 yards, but the Browns finished the season with five straight losses and serious off-the-field issues that must be resolved.

For now though, it appears the Ravens will play either the Bengals or Steelers, as the two will play for the AFC North title on Sunday night in Pittsburgh.

Ravens Fold In Houston; Lose to Texans 25-13 to Blurry Playoff Chances

The Ravens had a path to the playoffs, and Sunday that path got a lot more cloudy after an awful 25-13 setback to the Houston Texans.

It was one of the worst games in the history of QB Joe Flacco, who threw three picks and went 21-for-50 for 195 yards with two touchdowns.

Running back Arian Foster threw a touchdown pass, Randy Bullock made a franchise-record six field goals and Houston’s defense dominated.

The Ravens (9-6) now need some help next week to get into the postseason.

Houston (8-7) remains in the hunt with the victory but needs several teams to lose next week.

With three quarterbacks hurt, the Texans started Case Keenum, who got his first win in nine NFL starts.

Foster ran for 96 yards. But his highlight came when took a pitch from Keenum and, with a defender in his face, threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to C.J. Fiedorowicz to make it 16-0 in the second quarter.

Ravens at Texans NFL Week 16 Capsule

RAVENS TEXANS
SERIES LEADER 6-1
STREAKS 6 of past 7
COACHES VS. OPP. Harbaugh: 5-1 O’Brien: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 20-12 vs. Jaguars L 17-10 at Colts
LAST GAME 9/22/13: Texans 9 at Ravens 30. Baltimore WR Torrey Smith has 5 catches for 92 yards. Ravens WR-PR Tandon Doss has 82-yard PR-TD & LB Daryl Smith records 37-yard INT-TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/21/12: Texans 43, Ravens 13. Houston RB Arian Foster rushes for 98 yards & 2 TDs. Texans TE Owen Daniels catches 7 passes for 59 yards & TD.
BROADCAST CBS (12:00 PM CT): Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein, Brad Johnson (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 92 (Bal.), 137 (Hou.). XM: 231 (Hou.).

STATS

PASSING Flacco: 301-469-3479-23-9-94.8 Lewis (Buf. 2013): 93-157-1092-4-3-81.0 OR

Keenum (2013): 137-253-1760-9-6-78.2

RUSHING Forsett: 208-1128 (2C)-5.4-8 (T2C) Foster: 230-1127 (3C)-4.9-8 (T2C)
RECEIVING
  1. Smith: 66-926-14.0-6
Hopkins: 69-1167-16.9-6
OFFENSE 372.0 345.9
TAKE/GIVE +2 +12 (1C)
DEFENSE 344.2 366.2
SACKS Dumervil: 17 (T1L) Watt: 16.5 (3L)
INTs Mosley: 2 Rolle: 3
PUNTING Koch: 46.9 Lechler: 46.5
KICKING Tucker: 120 (39/39 PAT; 27/32 FG) Bullock: 108 (36/36 PAT; 24/29 FG)

NOTES

RAVENS: QB JOE FLACCO passed for 221 yards with TD vs. 0 INTS for 99.4 rating last week & became 1st player in club history to reach 25,000 career pass yards (25,024). In past 5, has completed 98 of 145 (67.6 pct.) for 1,127 yards with 7 TDs vs. 1 INT for 104 rating. Has 100+ rating in 3 of past 4. Ravens are 38-5 (.884) when Flacco posts 100+ rating (incl. playoffs)…RB JUSTIN FORSETT leads NFL RBs with 5.4 rush avg. (208 att., 1,128 yards). Spent 2012 season with Texans, rushing for 374 yards on 63 att. (5.9 avg.) & TD. In past 5, has 519 rush yards & 5 TDs…WR STEVE SMITH, SR. had 37 receiving yards last week & now has 13,123 career, surpassing HOFer STEVE LARGENT (13,089) for No. 15 all-time. In 3 career meetings (with Car.), has 18 catches for 323 yards (107.7 per game) & 5 TDs. WR TORREY SMITH has 8 TDs in past 11. Needs 2 TD catches to join MICHAEL JACKSON (14 in 1996) as only Ravens with 10+ TD rec. in season…LB C.J. MOSLEY (No. 17 overall) leads NFL rookies with 117 tackles, 2nd-most in AFC. LB TERRELL SUGGS has 10.5 sacks in past 9, incl. 2.5 last week…TEXANS: QB CASE KEENUM started 8 games for Hou. in 2013, passing for 1,760 yards with 9 TDs vs. 6 INTs. QB THAD LEWIS has made 6 career starts, passing for 1,296 yards & 5 TDs…RB ARIAN FOSTER is averaging 102.5 rush yards per game in 2014, 2nd in NFL (DE MARCO MURRAY). Has 11 TDs in past 8 (7 rush, 4 rec.). Since 2010, leads AFC in rush yards (5,933) & rush TDs (50)…WR ANDRE JOHNSON (996 rec.) needs 5 catches to surpass HINES WARD (1,000) for No. 9 all-time. For career, averages 6 rec./game, best in history (min. 100 games). In past 8, WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS has 44 rec. for 801 yards (18.2 avg.) & 3 TDs…DE J.J. WATT is 1st player with 3 off. TDs (3 rec.) & 2 TDs on takeaways (INT, FR) in season since BILL GOLDING in 1948. Since entering NFL in 2011, leads NFL with 53 sacks, incl. 2 last week. S KENDRICK LEWIS had 27-yard INT-TD vs. Colts.

Ravens Ink CB Chris Greenwood

The Ravens have signed cornerback Chris Greenwood off the Vikings practice squad to their active roster, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Greenwood, who was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the fifth round in 2012 out of Albion College, joins the Ravens after the team placed cornerback Asa Jackson on injured reserve earlier this week. Jackson was the fifth Ravens cornerback to be declared out for the season.

The Ravens’ other cornerbacks on the active roster are Lardarius Webb, Rashaan Melvin, Anthony Levine and Antoine Cason.

Ravens at Texans Wednesday Injury Report

BALTIMORE RAVENS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday DE Chris Canty (ankle), S Will Hill (not injury related), WR Jacoby Jones (illness), G Kelechi Osemele (not injury related)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday CB Anthony Levine (ankle), RB Bernard Pierce (back)
HOUSTON TEXANS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Brian Cushing (ankle), RB Arian Foster (hip), TE Garrett Graham (ankle), WR DeAndre Hopkins (ankle), CB Johnathan Joseph (ankle), LB Mike Mohamed (concussion), QB Tom Savage (knee), G Xavier Su’a-Filo (back), DE J.J. Watt (not injury related)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday T Tyson Clabo (foot), LB Akeem Dent (neck), CB Kareem Jackson (knee), WR Andre Johnson (concussion), LB Whitney Mercilus (back), LB Jeff Tarpinian (knee

Jaguars vs Ravens NFL Week 15 Inactives

Jaguars: RB Denard Robinson, CB Teddy Williams, CB Jeremy Harris, LB A.J. Edds, LB Khairi Fortt, G Tyler Shatley, DE Andre Branch.

Ravens: WR Michael Campanaro, CB Antoine Cason, RB Lorenzo Taliaferro, LB Arthur Brown, DT Terrence Cody, OL Gino Gradkowski, DE DeAngelo Tyson

Video: CBS NFL Week 15 Preivew – Jaguars vs Ravens

Pete Prisco and Pat Kirwan preview the NFL Week 15 matchup between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Baltimore Ravens

Jaguars at Ravens NFL Week 15 Game Capsule

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (2-11) AT BALTIMORE RAVENS (8-5)

SERIES

JAGUARS RAVENS
SERIES LEADER 10-7
STREAKS 2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Bradley: 0-0 Harbaugh: 1-1
LAST WEEK L 27-13 vs. Texans W 28-13 at Dolphins
LAST GAME 10/24/11: Ravens 7 at Jaguars 12. Jaguars K Josh Scobee makes 4 FGs (54, 54, 22, 51). Defense holds Ravens to 146 total net yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/28/08: Ravens 27, Jaguars 7. Baltimore RB Le’Ron McClain rushes for 70 yards & 2 TDs & RB Willis McGahee adds rushing TD. Ravens S Ed Reed records 2 INTs.
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Tim McCarthy, Adam Archuleta, Allie LaForce (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 108 (Jax.), 134 (Bal.). XM: 228 (Bal.).

STATS

PASSING Bortles (R): 232-379-2466-10-16-71.4 Flacco: 281-439-3258-22-9-94.5
RUSHING
  1. Robinson: 135-582-4.3-4
Forsett: 192-1080 (3L)-5.6-8 (T2C)
RECEIVING Hurns (R): 40-566-14.2-6
  1. Smith: 61-889-14.6-6
OFFENSE 297.3 376.5
TAKE/GIVE -8 +2
DEFENSE 377.2 351.6
SACKS Marks: 8.5 Dumervil: 16 (T1L)
INTs Thomas: 2 Mosley (R): 2
PUNTING Anger: 47.1 (3C) Koch: 46.6
KICKING Scobee: 63 (18/18 PAT; 15/19 FG) Tucker: 112 (3C) (37/37 PAT; 25/28 FG)

NOTES

JAGUARS: Last week, QB BLAKE BORTLES (No. 3 overall) passed for 205 yards & TD. Has 2,466 pass yards & needs 34 to join BYRON LEFTWICH (2,819) as only Jags rookies with 2,500. Leads AFC QBs with 306 rush yards on 47 att. (6.5 avg.)…In past 7, RB DENARD ROBINSON is averaging 82.1 scrimmage yards per game (575 total) & has 4 rush TDs…Last week, rookie WR MARQISE LEE (Rd. 2, No. 39 overall) had 67 yards on 5 rec. Rookie WR ALLEN HURNS (undrafted) ranks 2nd among AFC rookies in TD catches (6) & 3rd in receiving yards (566). TE MARCEDES LEWIS led team with 69 yards on 3 catches (23 avg.) vs. Hou…Defense has 39 sacks, 2nd in AFC & 3rd in NFL. DT SEN’ DERRICK MARKS has 6.5 sacks in past 6, incl. 1.5 vs. Texans. Tied for 2nd among NFL DTs with career-high 8.5 sacks in 2014. In past 9, DE CHRIS CLEMONS has 6 sacks, 2 FF & FR. Has 4 sacks in past 3 on road. S JONATHAN CYPRIEN leads team with 87 tackles…RAVENS: QB JOE FLACCO has 24,803 career passing yards & needs 197 to become 1st player in club history to reach 25,000. In past 5, has completed 108 of 160 (67.5 pct.) for 1,209 yards with 8 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 101.3 rating. Aims for 4th in row with 100+ rating. Ravens are 38-5 (.884) when Flacco posts 100+ rating (incl. playoffs)…RB JUSTIN FORSETT leads NFL RBs with 5.6 rush avg. (192 att., 1,080 yards). Rushed for 59 yards on 7 att. (8.4 avg.) in last meeting (with Hou.). Has 100+ rush yards in 3 of past 4…WR STEVE SMITH, SR. has 13,086 career receiving yards & needs 4 to surpass HOFer STEVE LARGENT (13,089) for No. 15 all-time. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3. WR TORREY SMITH has 8 TDs in past 10. Needs 2 TD catches to join MICHAEL JACKSON (14 in 1996) as only Ravens with 10+ TD rec. in season…Rookie LB C.J. MOSLEY (No. 17 overall) leads team with 110 tackles, tied for most in AFC. LB TERRELL SUGGS has 8 sacks in past 8 overall, incl. 1.5 last week. LB ELVIS DUMERVIL had 3.5 sacks last week & is tied for NFL lead with 16, surpassing single-season Ravens record (PETER BOULWARE, 15 in 2001).