Ravens win AFC North, will host Chargers next Sunday in playoffs

Posted at 8:29 PM, Dec 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-31 05:25:55-05

BALTIMORE (WMAR) — The Baltimore Ravens are the 2018 AFC North Division champions.

On Sunday evening the Ravens defeated the Cleveland Browns 26-24 to punch their ticket into the playoffs for the first time since 2014.

Up by only two points with less than a minute to go in the game, linebacker C.J. Mosley intercepted Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield to end what potentially could've been a game winning drive for Cleveland.

The Ravens dominated the games first two quarters, scoring on their first four possessions, which began after a Jimmy Smith interception on the Browns first drive, his first of two in the game.

Going into half time Baltimore was up 20-7 thanks to two rushing touchdowns by rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson.

Baltimore's offense was slowed in the second half, with the team only scoring two field goals. Cleveland's offense on the other hand would pick up steam by scoring 17 additional points.

During the second half, Baltimore was hampered by penalties and ball security issues. On one occasion, Jackson fumbled on the one-yard line. The referees initially called the play a touchdown, but a review ruled it a fumble. Later, Jackson once again rushed for what appeared to be his third touchdown of the game, only to be called back due to a holding penalty.

In the end though it came down to the Ravens defense fending off a last minute Browns attack.

With the win Baltimore claimed the fourth seed, and will host the Los Angeles Chargers next Sunday at 1:05 p.m in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs, in what will be a rematch of last weeks contest.

The Ravens have placed additional tickets on sale for the game. They can be purchased by clicking here.