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Ravens claim AFC’s final playoff spot


BALTIMORE — Joe Flacco threw a pair of touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to lead the Baltimore Ravens to a 20-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns, clinching a spot in the AFC playoffs Sunday.

After a disappointing loss to the Texans last week, the Ravens (10-6) were able to sneak into the postseason because Kansas City beat San Diego, knocking the Chargers out of the sixth and final spot.

The Ravens will not know next week’s wild-card opponent until the AFC North title is settled at Pittsburgh. If the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Steelers, they will be the division champions and, unless the Denver Broncos lose to the Oakland Raiders, the Ravens would travel to Ohio for the first-round game.

A win by the Steelers sends the Ravens to Pittsburgh.

The Broncos can secure the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye with a victory over the Raiders (3-12).

New England is locked in as the No. 1 seed in the AFC and the South division champion Colts are the fourth seed, assured a home game Jan. 3 or Jan. 4.

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