THE BALTIMORE Ravens are back in the playoffs, while the Seattle Seahawks will be playing at home in them.
Baltimore made the postseason in the first 5 years with John Harbaugh as coach and Joe Flacco at quarterback, winning the 2012 championship. They failed to get in last season, but a 20-10 victory yesterday , combined with San Diego's 19-7 loss at Kansas City, did the trick.
The Ravens (10-6, the same record they had in their Super Bowl season), earned a wild card and will be seeded sixth in the AFC. They'll travel to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers Saturday night.
"Anything can happen when you get into the playoffs," Flacco said. "I won't be surprised if in 3 weeks from now we're still sitting here playing."
Defending Super Bowl champion Seattle earned the top seed in the NFC by beating St. Louis, 20-6. The Seahawks, winners of the NFC West, were 7-1 at home at the intimidating CenturyLink Field, and have a bye next week.
Green Bay won the NFC North by handling Detroit, 30-20, and got the No. 2 seed in the conference and a bye. Both the Packers and Seahawks finished 12-4, with the tiebreaker being Seattle's opening victory against Green Bay.
Detroit (11-5) will play at NFC East champion Dallas (12-4) in the wild-card round.
Carolina (7-8-1) became the second division champion with a losing record in NFL history. Its 34-3 rout at Atlanta earned the NFC South title.
The Panthers will host injury-ravaged Arizona (11-5), which fell to San Francisco, 20-17, but got the other NFC wild card.
AFC East champion New England (12-4) owns home-field advantage in the conference and will be off next weekend. Denver (12-4), the West winner, also will have a bye after defeating Oakland, 47-14.
The Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5) won the AFC North title with a 27-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals (10-5-1) last night. The Bengals got a wild-card berth and play at South champion Indianapolis (11-5).