The Baltimore Ravens already clinched home field advantage in the playoffs. Now the rest of the AFC bracket is set up.
The Baltimore Ravens will get some rest while The AFC playoffs begin next weekend. The Tennessee Titans will take on the New England Patriots. The Houston Texans will host the Buffalo Bills. The Ravens will take on the lowest remaining seed after the wild card round. The Kansas City Chiefs will take on the highest remaining seed. The AFC playoff seeding is as follows:
- Baltimore Ravens
- Kansas City Chiefs
- New England Patriots
- Houston Texans
- Buffalo Bills
- Tennessee Titans
How did we get here:
When the day started the Patriots just had to beat the Miami Dolphins to get the number two spot in the playoffs. The Dolphins upset the Patriots with a 27-24 win. The Chiefs took care of the Los Angeles Chargers and earned a bye in the first week of the playoffs. For the first time in a while the Patriots have to play in the first round of the postseason. If things play out the in the most probable way there should be an AFC Championship game in Baltimore against the Chiefs and Ravens.
The Pittsburgh Steelers came into the day needing a win and a Tennessee Titans loss to get into the dance. They got neither. The Titans clinched the final playoff seed in the AFC by beating the Houston Texans. The Texans rested their starters knowing that the fourth seed was theirs no matter what happened. The Ravens beat the Steelers 28-10 with Robert Griffin and Gus Edwards leading the offense in a game that didn’t affect Baltimore’s playoff situation.
Ravens break rushing record:
The Baltimore Ravens beat the Pittsburgh Steelers to get their best ever regular season record. They also set an NFL record for the most rushing yards by a team in a season. The Ravens needed just under 100 rushing yards in the contest to break the record held by the 1978 Patriots. They got it and then some. The 1978 Patriots rushed for 3,165 yards. The 2019 Ravens have rushed for more.
It was almost weird that the Ravens broke the record without their two leading rushers. In a game the Ravens didn’t need to win, Gus Edwards got a chance to shine. Edwards had 21 carries for 130 yards and the best highlight plays of the game. Justice Hill was also impressive 39 yards on the ground and a statement of a touchdown.
Lamar Jackson led the Ravens with rushing this year. He had 1,206 yards on the ground and it was the most rushing yards ever by a quarterback in one season. Mark Ingram II had 1,018 rushing yards. The rest of the rushing yards came from Gus Edwards, Justice Hill, Robert Griffin III and Anthony Levine Sr. on a couple fake punts. The Ravens finished the season averaging over 200 rushing yards and 200 passing yards per game. That’s special no matter how you look at it.
It was a fantastic season for the Ravens, who finished the year with the best record in the league. The Ravens finished the regular season the way they started it, by breaking records. The Ravens have a lot left to accomplish, however Ravens fans should take a minute to enjoy everything they’ve done this season.