It’s on to Cincinnati.
After losing the regular-season finale to the Bengals, 27-16, on Sunday, the Ravens will head back to Paycor Stadium on Sunday night at 8:15 p.m. for the wild-card round of the AFC playoffs. The game will be televised on NBC.
On Sunday night, the NFL announced the schedule for “Super Wild Card Weekend,” which kicks off Saturday at 4:35 p.m. with the San Francisco 49ers against the Seattle Seahawks. It’s the second straight season in which there are seven playoff teams in each conference, with the top overall seeds each receiving a first-round bye. The Kansas City Chiefs (14-3) have earned an automatic berth to the divisional round in the AFC, while the Philadelphia Eagles (14-3) will get an extra week of rest in the NFC.
For the Ravens, it’s their fourth trip to the postseason in the past five seasons. They lost their last six games in 2022 to fall from the top spot in the AFC to out of the playoffs for just the fifth time in coach John Harbaugh’s tenure.
Sunday’s game will be the third meeting this season and first postseason matchup between the Ravens (10-7) and Bengals (12-4), who won the AFC North title for the second straight season. They split the season series, with the Ravens earning a 19-17 win over visiting Cincinnati in Week 5 on a 43-yard field goal by Justin Tucker as time expired.
While the defending AFC champion Bengals have won eight straight games — not including a Week 17 game declared a no-contest after Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest on the field — the Ravens have limped to a 3-3 finish after star quarterback Lamar Jackson injured his knee in the first quarter of a Week 13 win over the Denver Broncos. There is still no timetable for Jackson’s return, though ESPN reported Saturday that there is a “strong chance” the 2019 NFL Most Valuable Player takes the field for the first time in over a month for the wild-card round.
Ravens at Bengals
Sunday, 8:15 p.m.
TV: Chs. 11, 4
Radio: 97.9 FM, 101.5 FM, 1090 AM