Harbaugh: Ravens won't back down from challenging road to postseason
The Ravens are still smarting from their 34-17 loss to Denver last week and the fact that they have lost three straight games for the first time in four seasons.
But they can take consolation in the fact that they have clinched their fifth straight playoff berth.
In addition, they realize that last season, the New York Giants overcame a four-game losing streak, regained their footing in the season’s final weeks and made a run all the way to the Super Bowl title.
The Giants endured a four game-losing streak but then closed the season with three wins in four games, earning a playoff spot on the season’s final day. Then they parlayed that momentum all the way to the title.
The Ravens don’t have quite as much time for a turnaround, with just two games left before the playoffs begin. And their quest to “right the ship,” as Cary Williams and others have said, begins at home Sunday against the Giants, who again find themselves in a fight just to reach the playoffs.
“No matter how you get in (the playoffs), it’s always the team who gets hot right about now,” Rice said at his weekly media session on Wednesday. “Look at the New York Giants. They got hot right about right now, and they went ahead and won the thing last year.”
This season, the Giants (8-6) are locked in a three-way tie for the NFC East lead, and have won just two of their past six games. Unlike the Ravens, they have clinched nothing yet, and Sunday’s game will have a sense of urgency on both sides.
“They’re in a three-way tie right now,” Rice said. “We got our hands full. This team won the Super Bowl last year. They got a lot at stake.”
So do the Ravens. With a win, they’d clinch the AFC North title and a home playoff game. From there, who knows?
“No team has to be perfect,” he added. “But if you go in there and start executing, and you start playing that good football, you never know what can happen.”