Baltimore con­trols its destiny, but just barely


The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By David Ginsburg

baltimore» The Baltimore Ravens sur­vived a des­per­ate come­back bid by the Philadel­phia Ea­gles, es­cap­ing with a 27-26 vic­tory Sun­day af­ter stopping a two-point con­ver­sion with four sec­onds left.

On a wet and windy day, the Ravens squeezed out a win that en­abled them to main­tain con­trol of their play­off fate.

If Baltimore de­feats Pitts­burgh on Christ­mas Day and Cincin­nati in the reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale, the Ravens will en­ter the post­sea­son as AFC North cham­pi­ons.

Baltimore (8-6) had a 27-17 lead and a first down at the Philadel­phia 11 when Joe Flacco threw an in­ter­cep­tion to give the Ea­gles (5-9) an­other chance.

“I turned the ball over at the end and that’s the only rea­son it was re­ally a game,” Flacco said.

Rookie Car­son Wentz di­rected a drive that pro­duced a field goal with 2:22 re­main­ing.

The Ea­gles got the ball back at their 41 with 1:39 to go. A 24-yard com­ple­tion to tight end Zach Ertz and a pass interference call against rookie Tavon Young set up a 4-yard touch­down run by Wentz that got Philadel­phia within a point.

First-year coach Doug Ped­er­son went for the vic­tory, de­clin­ing the con­ver­sion kick for a 2-point try.

“I wanted to win the foot­ball game,” Ped­er­son said.

Wentz threw over the mid­dle to tight Jor­dan Matthews, who couldn’t get his hands on a tipped ball.

Philadel­phia has lost five straight.

Philadel­phia Ea­gles quar­ter­back Car­son Wentz gets past Baltimore Ravens safety Eric Wed­dle for a touch­down Sun­day. Gail Bur­ton, The As­so­ci­ated Press

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