The Ravens are back in the playoffs.
Baltimore clinched its sixth playoff trip in the last seven years with a win over the Browns and some help from Kansas City beating San Diego.
Let's look back at the victory over Cleveland to point out what you may have missed as you kept one eye on that Chiefs-Chargers game throughout Sunday afternoon.
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Zuttah's Playoff Celebration
Center Jeremy Zuttah is one of the players on the roster making his first trip to the postseason after spending the first six years of his career in Tampa Bay. Zuttah showed his excitement for that opportunity when he helped spring running back Justin Forsett for a 26-yard run in the fourth quarter to seal Baltimore's postseason trip. As soon as Forsett ran past the linebackers and into the second level, Zuttah threw up his arms in celebration.
Dumervil's Hustle Plays
Outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil had a quiet day in the pass-rushing department, but still showed off his hustle to make plays where possible. Dumervil is known for having a great motor, and that was on display when he ran nearly 40 yards down the field to bring down running back Terrance West. The Browns ran away from Dumervil on the play, but he chased West down on the far sideline to prevent a potential touchdown.
McPhee Was Game Wrecker
Outside linebacker Pernell McPhee continues to play his way to a big offseason contract. He had registered two sacks against the Browns, bringing his season total to a career-high 7.5. McPhee has a knack for getting after quarterbacks, but he also showed up in the run game against Cleveland. On one play, he split the double team from tight ends Jordan Cameron and Jim Dray, then dropped West in the backfield for a 5-yard loss. Blocking McPhee with tight ends – even two of them – is usually a favorable matchup for the Ravens.
Good Downfield Blocking
Wide receiver Steve Smith topped 1,000 receiving yards this year with Sunday's 90-yard game. In addition to crossing the 1,000-yard mark for the eighth time in his career, he's also part of the reason that Forsett finished with more than 1,200 rushing yards this year. Smith is a quality blocker in the open field, and he helped spring Forsett on this 27-yard run down the sidelines by pushing cornerback Joe Haden out of bounds. Tight end Owen Daniels also had a key block on the play to get Forsett to the second level.
Most Impressive Part Of T. Smith's Catch: No Flag
Wide receiver Torrey Smith came up with perhaps the biggest play of the season when he hauled in a 53-yard catch in the fourth quarter to set up Baltimore's first touchdown of the game. The leaping catch against Haden was impressive in its own right. It was even more remarkable on second glance because it looked like Haden clearly grabbed Smith's jersey and arm once the receiver ran past him.