The Ravens rested their starters Sunday in Cincinnati, but that doesn’t show in the record book.
Baltimore enters the playoffs having lost four of its final five games, a southbound skid during the month of December.
Does it matter now though?
Not to the Ravens, who quickly put the regular season behind them following Sunday’s defeat.
“AFC North Champions. I’ll just say that,” running back
There have been teams that stumbled down the stretch and still won the Super Bowl. The New Orleans Saints dropped their final three games in 2009. The Indianapolis Colts lost three of their last five in 2006.
While the Ravens’ goal in the regular-season finale was clearly to ensure getting and staying healthy over winning, losing still wasn’t a feeling that Head Coach John Harbaugh took to.
“I don’t like that, but they’re on the record,” Harbaugh said of the four losses.
“The game always means something,” safety
One way the playoffs should be different for the Ravens than the regular season is that they may be healthier than at any other point. They could have linebackers
Rice looks at the postseason like a fresh start.
“I’m more concerned about this team getting healthy [than the losses],” Rice said. “We are going to hit our stride going into the playoffs. Our record is 0-0, if you think about it.”