Ravens use fast start, pass-rush to beat down Giants for 10th win of season
At times dynamic, at times stuck in quicksand, the Ravens’ 27-13 win over the New York Giants felt like a microcosm of their season to this point — except, you know, the 1 p.m. kickoff, which feels like a unicorn time slot this year. The important thing, obviously, is the Ravens got their 10th win of the season and moved into the sixth spot of the AFC playoff standings.
The Baltimore Ravens also got the help they needed in week 16. The Las Vegas Raiders didn’t take care of buisness with a late lead against the Miami Dolphins, so the Ravens needed help on Sunday to move into playoff position. John Harbaugh’s club got it.
This was a perfect day of football for the purple and black in terms of the results. The Indianapolis Colts lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns lost to the New York Jets. The Steelers winning was conceivable, but who saw the Jets winning this one? The Baltimore Ravens now have a win and their in scenario for the final week of the regular season.
With this in mind, the state of the Ravens is more important than ever. We easily could be talking about a team in the AFC postseason. If the season was to end today, the Ravens would be the sixth seed in the playoffs. There are a ton of seeding possibilities left. There are several playoff matchups that are possible. The moral of the story is if the Ravens win, we’re in store for playoff football ladies and gentlemen.
Let’s take a quick look back at this win. Let’s look at the things the Ravens did well, what they need to work on and, what was the highlights of the afternoon. The Ravens are one win away from a third consecutive playoff appearance and here are the important takeaways from their game against the New York Giants.