The Baltimore Ravens are dramatically AFC North Champions
C.J. Mosley sealed the Ravens 26-24 victory against the Cleveland Browns, making the Ravens AFC North Champions:
Remember in Super Bowl XLVII were Joe Flacco told John Harbaugh that this team doesn’t make it easy? Six years later and the same thing can be said about the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens won their first division title since 2012 in a game that put Ravens fans through the ringer emotionally. There was the joy of a 20-7 lead. Their was the anxiety of the Browns slipping back into the game. Finally, their was the heartbreak of watching the same exact disappointment as last year, until the Ravens defense got a clutch stop.
The Ravens certainly got the Browns best punch. Baker Mayfield had 376 yards and three touchdowns. While the Ravens got the upper hand, Mayfield proved that he would be a thorn in their side for years to come.
The Ravens win is a huge blow to the Pittsburgh Steelers, something nobody hailing from the Charm City should mind. Baltimore knocked out their arch rival. While it may have been a roller coaster for the Ravens Flock, Baltimore fans should at least take comfort in the feeling that they took Pittsburgh on that emotional roller coaster.
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The Steelers got to feel what the Ravens felt the last two years. They had to see their playoff hopes taken away at the last moment, when it looked like they had it.
Baltimore has gone 10-6 and won the AFC North crown. The way they did it is remarkable. The Ravens were 4-5 and coming off a loss to the Steelers. Lamar Jackson took over at quarterback, the Ravens branded themselves a new way of playing football and they won six out of seven games.
Say what you want. Call their stop against the Browns a lucky way to avoid choking. Call them lucky that JuJu Smith-Schuster fumbled against the New Orleans Saint. Call their new offense a gimmick and it still doesn’t matter. The Ravens won this division title. They went on one of the best runs in Ravens history to make a very unlikely playoff appearance.
There is a lot to talk about. The Ravens just got through a game that felt like it took two to three days. The Ravens won a game where the Browns completely stole momentum and everything that could go against them happened to go against them. There is a lot to digest. The ultimate point to remember is that the 2018 Baltimore Ravens will start the new year in the NFL postseason. Baltimore, appreciate your division champions, despite the near heart failure they delivered.