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Ravens Fans Celebrate After Baltimore Clinches NFL Playoff Berth on Patriots Loss

Erin WalshDecember 24, 2022

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - OCTOBER 09:  Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens acknowledges fans during pregame warmups prior to facing the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium on October 09, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

The Baltimore Ravens defeated the Atlanta Falcons 17-9 on Christmas Eve behind backup quarterback Tyler Huntley to move to 10-5 on the season, and they clinched a playoff berth with the New England Patriots' loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Patriots fell to the Bengals 22-18 at Gillette Stadium to drop to 7-8 on the season, falling further out of the playoff race.

New England had the opportunity to win Saturday's game late in the fourth quarter, but a fumble by Rhamondre Stevenson with 55 seconds remaining essentially sealed the victory for Cincinnati.

Following New England's loss, Ravens fans celebrated as Baltimore clinched a playoff berth for the first time since the 2020 campaign:

Robert Griffin III @RGIII

Two things the <a href="https://twitter.com/Ravens?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Ravens</a> have done the last 4 weeks is play RAVENS' DEFENSE and RUN THE DANG FOOTBALL. Trading for Roquan Smith and getting the combination of J.K. Dobbins and Gus "The Bus" Edwards back has this team primed for a SUPER BOWL RUN when Lamar Jackson returns healthy.

Frank Hornig @FrankAHornig

It's official!<br><br>The Baltimore Ravens are back in the playoffs after missing it a year ago due to not closing out games and so many injuries.<br><br>This feels great! Let's keep rolling and win the last two!<br><br>Great work this year boys! <a href="https://t.co/CzPmfvLrNH">https://t.co/CzPmfvLrNH</a>

IG: @mrquincyb @mrQuincyB

Ravens win &amp; we clinched playoffs 😈 merry Christmas!

™© @nctc223

LETS GO <a href="https://twitter.com/Ravens?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Ravens</a> we're in the playoffs!!! Let's make a run.

Ravens Tattoo Guy @RavensTattooGuy

PLAYOFF RAVENS!!! LETS GO!!!

Phenom @kd_phenom92

Ravens back in the playoffs 🙏. Now they just need Lamar back and they takin it all the way

Jordan @JBoldsy

BALTIMORE RAVENS, WE IN THE PLAYOFFS! LFG! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RavensFlock?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RavensFlock</a>

megan @PANARINFANCLUB

THE BALTIMORE RAVENS ARE GOING TO THE PLAYOFFS💜🖤

Zae💸🖤😈 @Ayee_zae

Yessahhh We will have Ravens playoff football😈🤝🏽

Sydney @Bluejaysgirl27

RAVENS ARE BACK IN THE PLAYOFFS❗️❗️❗️

Now the Ravens just need quarterback Lamar Jackson to return healthy and ready to go for the postseason. Jackson suffered a knee injury on Dec. 4 against the Denver Broncos and has not practiced or played since.

With the Ravens now in a playoff spot, it's possible Jackson takes more time to rest in order to return at the top of his game for the postseason.