OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens are in uncharted territory. They own a record of 10-2 for the first time in franchise history.
They are now the No. 1 seed in the AFC.
However, nothing’s been determined yet, said John Harbaugh:
“Just means you control your destiny in that sense. But they don’t have a No. 1 seed until they do the seeding. So that’s four weeks away,” said the Ravens Head Coach during his weekly day-after-game press conference.
After looking at the game tape from Baltimore’s 20-17 win over San Francisco, Harbaugh heaped praise upon his quarterback for leading that game-winning, clock-bleeding final 6:28 drive.
“Lamar, I thought, really buckled down and really got it done as a quarterback. He had some runs. He had some passes. The offensive line, hard-running backs, pass protection, catches were made. Right? In those kind of conditions that’s what it takes and those guys did it.”
That drive, of course, ended with the Justin Tucker 49 yard field goal as time expired.
“That’s players doing it in a critical situation and getting us into field goal range, then protecting the field goal and, of course, the wolfpack coming through.”
The ‘wolfpack’ consists of kicker Tucker, punter/holder Sam Koch and long snapper Morgan Cox.
After pocketing their franchise-record eighth consecutive victory in the cold, wind and rain, the Ravens now head to Buffalo on Sunday to deal with what could be more winter-like weather. The head coach will take more of the same.
“All you have to do is win the next game. There’s no points for style. There’s no points for conditions. It’s just who wins the game in that day, in those circumstances, with what they are faced. Right? And that’s what it’s all about.”
And if the Ravens win the next game against the Bills they’ll clinch their second straight trip to the playoffs. A win and a Steelers loss or tie in Arizona on Sunday clinches the AFC North division championship for Baltimore. The Ravens can also clinch the division title with a tie against the Bills and a Steelers loss against Arizona.