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Eagles’ comeback bid falls short.

Philadelph­ia fails to convert 2-point conversion, loses fifth straight game.

- BY DAVID GINSBURG

BALTIMORE — One down, two to go.

The Baltimore Ravens survived a desperate comeback bid by the Philadelph­ia Eagles, escaping with a 27-26 victory Sunday after stopping a 2-point conversion with 4 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 Jordan Matthews, who couldn’t get his hands on a tipped ball.

Philadelph­ia has lost five straight and seven of eight.

Wentz went 22 for 42 for 170 yards and an intercepti­on. He was coming off successive 300-yard games, but in this one had only 93 yards passing after the third quarter.

Ryan Mathews pierced the NFL’s best rush defense for 128 yards.

Flacco went 16 for 30 for 206 yards, but lost a fumble in addition to being picked off once.

 ?? NICK WASS / ASSOCIATED PRESS ?? Ravens receiver Kamar Aiken pulls in a touchdown pass against the Eagles during the first half Sunday.
NICK WASS / ASSOCIATED PRESS Ravens receiver Kamar Aiken pulls in a touchdown pass against the Eagles during the first half Sunday.

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