Knee Jerks: Ravens 20 Browns 10

Street Talk Knee Jerks: Ravens 20 Browns 10

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Flat, uninspired, not like a playoff team. All of these things describe how the Ravens came out against a divisional rival at home that they needed to win in order to have any shot at the playoffs. After stalling in the red zone early in the 4th quarter, they came roaring back in the 4th quarter and looked aggressive on both sides of the football after Torrey Smith’s great grab to set up his TD catch. It wasn’t pretty, but Flacco came up big in a clutch situation yet again. ~Tyler Lombardi

A festivus miracle indeed. Once you’re in, anything can happen, but we need the Ravens offense we saw in the 4th quarter and not the one we had seen for the previous 7. Still, it feels great to be in the dance again. ~Derek Arnold

Another uninspired afternoon of dreadful football saw the Ravens offense finally catch fire in the 4th quarter. The defense finally gets a crucial pick.  And my Chiefs came through! What an improbable afternoon…~Fran Vojik

The Ravens slept walked through three quarters against the Browns. But all of a sudden, woke up in the 4th. Forsett goes for more than 100 yards and Flacco throws for over 300 yards. Why can’t they do that for 4 quarters?  They will need to starting next week or it will be a short stay in playoffs.

But 6 playoff appearances in 7 seasons is something to be proud of in Baltimore.
But a lot of work needs to be done this week.
~Joe Polek

Never easy, never pretty and a huge thanks to the Kansas City Chiefs for the much needed help. It took three quarters for Kubiak to finally adjust and we saw what happened. It’s a new season but one thing is for sure, the Ravens cannot afford any more slow starts or they may find themselves one and done in wildcard weekend. ~Brian Bower

Thank you Andy Reid. The Ravens played like a team that didn’t want to make the playoffs, regardless they will be there. With that said if they don’t figure some things out in the next week it will be a quick exit. Baltimore is smiling today either way.~Ryan Jones

In today’s NFL, it’s not about survival of the fittest. It’s about surviving, period. We can talk about the Ravens’ shortcomings tomorrow. But this is a team that played with a depleted secondary all season, a horrid off-season distraction from the Ray Rice incident, and the loss of players like Dennis Pitta and Jimmy Smith to season-ending injuries. They overcame all of that to get back into the dance. This defense is getting hot at the right time with Rashaan Melvin and Laradrius Webb playing at a high level on the outside. The return of Haloti Ngata from suspension should also be a big boost. Pernell McPhee was the player of the game today, stepping up huge for Timmy Jernigan. The offense needs to get back to running the ball effectively to have any semblance of a chance to make a dent in the postseason. But again, that discussion can be had another day. Congrats to the 2014 Baltimore Ravens for earning their sixth playoff appearance in seven seasons under head coach John Harbaugh.~Dev Panchwagh

Baltimore hits the snooze button, but they spring to life in the 4th quarter. Joe Flacco punctuated his best regular season yet, throwing touchdowns to Torrey Smith and Kamar Aiken. For enduring key injuries, Baltimore’s offensive line played very well. Now, the Ravens look forward to the postseason with a clean slate and many deep breaths. In all likelihood, the Ravens will play at the winner of tonight’s Bengals/Steelers game next week.~Mike Fast

The Ravens training staff replaced the Gatorade with Red Bull at the end of the 3rd quarter and woke the offense up from a self-induced coma to score 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. Joe Flacco’s play in the fourth quarter was reminiscent of Muhammed Ali and his rope-a-dope strategy from the 70’s.

You are now free to say the “P” word. It’s time to play some January football!~Tony Lombardi

For the 6th time in 7 years Harbaugh, Flacco, and the rest of the Ravens are going to the Playoffs. I think Ravens fans have to pleased with the overall results, especially with nearly 20 guys on IR. It’s true that the schedule was not overwhelming, but things average out. The NFC South was horrible, but the AFC North was competitive.

The Ravens Defensive Front-7 was strong, but the Secondary was limited. The Offense improved overall, but the lack of elite play-makers showed at times.

Baltimore gets to enter the Playoffs with a clean slate. A capable QB, with an arm that always gives you an opportunity. Some offensive weapons (thought Forsett and the ZBS did well today; certainly when you consider you were without Wagner and Monroe – and that the Browns were stacking the box), the aforementioned pass rush, and quality Special Teams.

The Ravens have a punchers chance vs. anyone… that chance, and getting to play in January is what it’s all about. Hopefully Monroe returns, Jernigan’s injury is not serious, and Ngata is ready to go.~Chris Stoner

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Tyler has followed Baltimore sports his entire life. His favorite player growing up was Steve McNair, so he was ecstatic when he became a Raven in 2006. When he’s in front of the TV watching the game, it’s best to avoid non-football discussion. It’s quite likely he isn’t listening anyway, as his girlfriend can attest to.

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