Ravens Playoff Hopes Crushed In Heartbreaking Finish

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It's the third time in four seasons that the Ravens have missed the playoffs since they won Super Bowl XLVII. The Ravens wish they had that array of playmakers, but they don't. And because of that, he's also the reason Pittsburgh could disrupt an AFC playoff bracket that will likely run through New England. Roethlisberger shook off his slow start to go 24 of 33 for 279 yards and three touchdown passes. Whether it's true or not, the Steelers view the Ravens as a good football team. In the final four minutes of games, superstars have to make plays, and the Ravens are lacking. Ben Roethlisberger has added 3,540 passing yards with 26 touchdowns while Antonio Brown has 96 catches for 1,188 yards and 11 touchdowns. But in the fourth quarter, it was not only Good Ben but Excellent Ben.

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Though it came in a losing effort, Ravens receiver Steve Smith caught seven passes for 79 yards and now has 1,028 career receptions to move past former Rams receiver Isaac Bruce (1,024) for 12th place on the NFL's all-time receptions list. Antonio Brown sealed the victory as he reached across the goal line with nine seconds left.

"At the end of the day, they made more plays than we did", linebacker C.J. Mosley said. That's what we have to do as a team.

"We put ourselves in a great scenario".

The Ravens' need for playmakers has to be the focus during the offseason.

Joe Flacco delivered multiple great passes and also some bad throws. He has receivers Breshad Perriman and Darren Waller, both of whom dropped passes in the fourth quarter. With a grinding, time-burning drive, the Ravens wore down the Steelers defense and were able to get into the red zone. Flacco is no Brady.

The AFC North matchup begins on the NFL Network at 4:30 p.m. EST. "It is what it is". The Ravens finished with 122 yards rushing and their 4.7-yard average was the highest since the Dallas game.

The Steelers are quite the favorites at -6, but this game is a rivalry, you have to throw the records out the window and just enjoy the beatdown that each team will be giving one another.

The Cleveland Browns haven't had a two-game winning streak since Weeks 9-10 of the 2014 season, or two years, one month and 26 days ago. Coates is out, Green is out, Heyward Bey is out, Wheaton is out, who is going to be the guy opposite Brown? With or without the often-injured Jimmy Smith, there isn't a shutdown cornerback on the roster. "I have to get the ball in", Brown said.

The contest will be played on Christmas afternoon, for one thing - the only Sunday day game on the NFL's Week 16 schedule. The Steelers know their immediate future, and it involves at least two more home games. How will he prep his team for this massive potential playoff clinching game?

Killer B's: When the big guns were needed, they came though. "They were pretty much in two-minute and they were going fast..." Those guys can't deliver in crunch time. "We were unable to do that in the fourth quarter", Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said.