BALTIMORE (AP) - Instead of backing into the playoffs, the
Baltimore Ravens made it on their own - in decisive fashion.
Le'Ron McClain ran for two touchdowns in the pivotal first half,
and the Ravens routed the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-7 Sunday to earn
an AFC wild-card berth.
Baltimore (11-5) could have qualified for the postseason if
Buffalo beat New England earlier Sunday, but the Patriots' 13-0
victory meant the Ravens took the field knowing they had to win to
get into the playoffs.
It was 24-7 at halftime, and Baltimore never let up against the
stumbling Jaguars (5-11), who committed four turnovers and were
held scoreless over the final 45 minutes. The seven points were a
season-low for Jacksonville.
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