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The Ravens began the season at 4-6 but have since elevated their play during an AFC-best four-game winning streak. Quarterback Joe Flacco and Co. have certainly built some necessary late-season momentum. Three of those four wins were by three points or fewer. This can be viewed as a negative, but as far as playoffs are concerned, it tends to show us that Baltimore knows how to win the close matchups.
As it stands, the defending Super Bowl champs are currently at 8-6 and in control of their own destiny, giving them the rights to the AFC's sixth playoff seed.
We all know what happened with Baltimore last year during playoff time. Flacco turned into a superstar and everything just started to click for the team.
For some reason, Joe Flacco comes alive in the playoffs. Hopefully his knee, which he injured in last week’s victory, won’t get in the way of his postseason magic. Paired with a solid defense, this team could find itself back in the conference championship for the second straight year. However, this time, the Ravens simply don’t have the offensive firepower to get over the hump and into the Super Bowl.
It's incredibly difficult to win the Super Bowl in back-to-back years. The last time it was done was in 2004 and 2005 by the New England Patriots. It becomes increasingly more difficult when kicker Justin Tucker is your most dangerous weapon on offense. In fact, this kicker may just be the team MVP for the 2013 season.
The Ravens are at a serious risk of not making the playoffs. Their remaining schedule, between the Patriots and the Bengals, is not easy. Losing one of those games could spell the end of Baltimore’s season, which happens to be a reality far more likely than any other at this point.