ICYMI in Week 17: Ravens hang on, move on after Browns scare

ICYMI in Week 17: Ravens hang on, move on after Browns scare

ICYMI in Week 17: Ravens hang on, move on after Browns scare

The Ravens win gave Baltimore the AFC North title, and left the Steelers praying that the Titans and Colts tied on Sunday night to open the door.

It's not as easy as it used to be. They are your 2018 AFC North champions.

Williams could have trotted kicker Greg Joseph out to try a long game-winning field goal, but opted to ride as far as Mayfield could take him.

It prevented a nightmare repeat of a year ago, when all the Ravens had to do was beat the Bengals at home to clinch, but gave up a 49-yard touchdown pass with 44 seconds left to fall. But, today was a day of milestones, and in honor of the Browns' best season since 2014 at 7-8-1, let's take a look at the positives from this one.

The final weekend of the 2018 National Football League regular season certainly lived up to the hype, particularly the thrilling finish to the game in Baltimore.

Breshad Perriman, the Raven's 2015 first-round pick, was cut by Baltimore on September 1, and made the Ravens pay on the Browns' second drive. He was limited to 24 yards on nine carries, 13 of which came on one run.

The consistency of one of the best special teams units tends to go unnoticed but Justin Tucker and Sam Koch were integral in Sunday's win. Humphrey was challenged in the secondary and struggled against a talented Cleveland receiving core, including tight end David Njoku, who boxed him out for a 42-yard gain late in the third quarter. Quarterbacks Matt Ryan and Ryan Tannehill each caught touchdown passes.

Jackson threw for 179 yards in addition to rushing for 90-yards and two touchdowns. "There are a lot of guys around me who helped me do it". Tom Coughlin was not impressed. (Barkley also had a "slam dunk" touchdown run.) Also, Patrick Mahomes joined Peyton Manning as the second QB to throw for 5000 yards and 50 TDs in the same season.

The combined record of all 16 opponents next season based on 2018 results is 123-129-2 and Cleveland will face 4 playoff teams (indicated with a *) in 2019 - Baltimore Ravens twice, New England, the LA Rams and Seattle. The Steelers beat the Bengals and needed the Ravens to lose to win the division.

As the Cleveland Browns made big play after big play in the second half, memories of last season's Week 17 collapse began creeping into the minds of Ravens fans.

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