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Former Patriots CB Kyle Arrington Agrees on Deal with Ravens

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Baltimore Ravens reached a deal with former New England Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington on Wednesday.

According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan, it's a three-year, $7 million deal that includes a $2 million signing bonus. The deal is pending a physical.

The Patriots, who are short on cornerbacks, made a surprise move on Monday when they released Arrington.

The 28-year-old now joins a Ravens team that already has cornerbacks Jimmy Smith and Ladarius Webb.

Arrington spent the last six seasons with the Patriots, playing in 86 games while recording 362 tackles, 45 passes defended, nine interceptions, five forced fumbles, and three sacks.

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Joe Flacco: Need a Fast Start Against Patriots

Rob Carr/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- The Baltimore Ravens will have the tough task of beating the New England Patriots on the road Saturday in the divisional round.

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco stressed the importance of getting off to a fast start.

"It's great when you can score a touchdown and then put another on top of that," Flacco said of quieting the home crowd. "I don't think I'm always thinking about that, but it is pretty cool."

The Ravens have beaten the Patriots twice in the playoffs (2009 & 2012) on the road and Flacco is looking forward to the opportunity of going up against Tom Brady.

"Tom was playing for who knows how many years before I got in here," Flacco said. "I was in high school, sitting there watching him watching those guys win Super Bowls."

"It's not really about me outdueling Tom or him outdueling me," Flacco continued. "We're not playing against each other. I think these guys on defense present more challenges then they normally do."

This will be the fourth postseason meeting between the two teams. The Patriots are 18-8 in the playoffs since 2000.

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Ravens Sack Steelers, Advance to Face Patriots

Rob Carr/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- With just over eight minutes to play, Terrell Suggs intercepted a tipped Ben Roethlisberger pass. On the next play, Joe Flacco hooked up with Crockett Gillmore for a 21-yard touchdown to put the game out of reach as the Baltimore Ravens go into Heinz Field and beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-17 Saturday, in the AFC wild-card playoff game.

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was on point all game, completing 18 of 29 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns.

Meanwhile, the Ravens defense got after Roethlisberger all game, pressuring him ten times, five of those ending up in sacks.

The Ravens sealed the game with under three minutes to go when Roethlisberger threw an errant pass that was intercepted by Darian Stewart.

The No. 6 seed Ravens will now make a trip to Foxborough where they'll take on the No. 1 seed New England Patriots at 4:35 p.m. ET Saturday with the winner earning a trip to the AFC Championship game.

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Ravens Ready to Snap Playoff Losing Streak in Pittsburgh

Rob Carr/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- The Baltimore Ravens are looking to turn their losing woes around in Pittsburgh on Saturday when they take on the Steelers in the wild-card round.

"We'd like to win this week," quarterback Joe Flacco said. "It's obviously something we want to do just because they're the guys that are in our way."

Baltimore has lost three games in a row at Heinz Field in the playoffs. When asked about the losing streak, Flacco said, "It hasn't been something that's specifically came up. I know that we've lost there a couple times since I've been there.  It's not really of any importance at this point."

"We kind of already know what the atmosphere is going to be like," Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs said of the AFC North rivalry. "I think that's what makes this game so special.  I'm definitely going to enjoy it."

The Ravens are 4-4 on the road this year and needed help from the Chiefs last weekend to punch their ticket into the wild-card round.

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Ravens Hold Off Browns 20-10, Clinch Playoff Berth

Rob Carr/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- The Baltimore Ravens are in the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years after a 20-10 win over the Browns on Sunday.

Baltimore needed the Chiefs to beat the Chargers for them to get in and Kansas City handed San Diego a 19-7 loss.

Joe Flacco tossed two touchdown passes and threw for 312 yards in the victory.

"Anything can happen when you get into the playoffs," Flacco said. "I won't be surprised if in three weeks from now we're still sitting here playing."

Ravens running back Justin Forsett had 119 yards in the victory.

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Ravens Need Help from Chiefs to Make the Playoffs

Rob Carr/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- The Baltimore Ravens will need to win this Sunday against the Cleveland Browns and get some help from the Chiefs in order to make the playoffs.

Kansas City will be hosting the Chargers, who hold onto the final playoff spot in the AFC and have the tiebreaker over Baltimore based on head-to-head percentage.

The Chiefs will be without quarterback Alex Smith, who has a lacerated spleen.  Kansas City will go with Chase Daniel.

"The success we've had around here and the team we feel like we have, I don't really think we can think about let's win the game so we can feel good about the way we ended the season," Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said when asked about moral victories.

"We don't care about that," Flacco continued. "We're going to go play the best we can, give our effort, and play the game we always do."

Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel is out with a hamstring injury and Brian Hoyer has an injured shoulder, leaving head coach Mike Pettine with undrafted rookie quarterback Connor Shaw, if Hoyer can't suit up.

"He's been outstanding for us all year," Pettine said of Shaw. "He's done everything that we've asked. He's not the biggest guy. He's not the fastest guy. He's not the strongest guy, but he just found a way to be productive and I think that his strength lies in competitiveness. He's a guy that I wouldn't be surprised if he does have to play that he goes out there and plays well."

Cleveland has dropped their last four games in a row.

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Ravens Preparing for 'Physical' Game Against Texans

Rob Carr/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- The Ravens enter Sunday's game against the Texans holding onto the final spot in the AFC playoffs.

With the Chiefs and Chargers right behind them, Baltimore understands the importance of getting a win against Houston.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said he expects it to be a tough game on the body. "Every time we play Houston, it's always extremely physical," he said Wednesday.  "They're always committed to running the football; they have one of the best backs in football [Arian Foster]."

Baltimore is 4-3 on the road this season and Houston is 3-3 at home.

"We've played down there a good amount," Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said.  "It's not going to be a new scene, we've played against most of those guys, how much that really matters, I don't know."

Houston Pro-Bowl defensive end J.J. Watt has recorded seven sacks in the last three games for a season total of 16 1/2, which is third in the league.

When asked what will happen if Watt gets to him on Sunday, Flacco said, "I'm going to pick myself up off the ground. I don't know who hits me; I hope it's not him. I hope it's not any of them."

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Ryan Tannehill: 'Huge Game' Against Ravens

Marc Serota/Getty Images(MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.) -- The Miami Dolphins will host the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday in a big AFC matchup.

Both teams come into the game at 7-5 and the Dolphins sit two games behind the AFC East leading Patriots.

"It's a huge game," Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill said.  "We all realize at what point we are in the season; every game has another level of importance.  It's a December game, conference game, both fighting to make the playoffs with the same record.  I think it's two football teams matchup up, it's going to be a fun game."

Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace has pulled in 54 passes for 661 yards and seven touchdowns this season.

"They're going to come, they're going to hit you in the mouth," Wallace said of the Ravens defense.  "They're going to be really well coached.  I think they feed off that."

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has tossed 20 touchdowns and has 2,989 yards this year.

"They're playing well," Flacco said of Miami.  "It's a big one, it's important."

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Rivers Helps San Diego Stun Baltimore for Victory

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(BALTIMORE, Md.) -- Eddie Royal's one-yard touchdown catch with 38 seconds left gave San Diego a 34-33 lead, as the Chargers (8-4) stunned the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday afternoon. San Diego scored 21 points in the fourth quarter and were able to keep pace with Kansas City and Denver in the AFC West.

The Ravens (7-5) opened up a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, 30-20, with less than seven minutes to play in regulation. Philip Rivers then marched San Diego 77 yards in just over two minutes, finding Keenan Allen on a 23-yard strike to pull his team within three.

Baltimore added a field goal, one of four by Justin Tucker on the day, to lead by six with 2:22 remaining in the game. Once again, it was Rivers leading the Chargers down the field. With under a minute to go and the ball on the Ravens' 24-yard line, Rivers launched a deep ball to the end zone, intended for Royal. The pass was incomplete, but a pass interference call on Anthony Levine put the ball on the 1-yard line. San Diego then ran a bubble screen to the left, where Royal walked into the end zone untouched.

San Diego's defense held on the final possession, not allowing Baltimore to get within field goal range. Rivers finished the day with 383 passing yards and three touchdowns, also throwing one interception. Joe Flacco tossed for 225 yards and a pair of scores, while Justin Forsett rushed for 106 yards for the Ravens.

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Philip Rivers on Ravens: It's a 'Big Game'

Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- The San Diego Chargers will travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens on Sunday.

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has his team in the thick of things in the AFC and knows how important this game is.

"It’s a big game. It’s a big game for both teams. Baltimore is a good team," Rivers said this week.  "That’s a heck of a division there, and obviously, every team in that division has 7 wins or more, and in our division, three of them have 7 or more. It’s going to be a heck of a game, and we’ve had some good games in the past. And it’s kind of what you’d expect this time of year with the two teams late in the year fighting for a spot. So, it’ll be exciting and a heck of a challenge for us."

Rivers respects Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who has tossed 18 touchdown passes this season.

"I know Joe a little bit. I don’t know him super well, but I know him pretty well," Rivers said.  "His brother [Mike] was out here in training camp, so I got to know him a little bit. But Joe is a heck of a player, obviously. He’s a guy that has a big arm and he’s led those guys to lots of wins, [Super Bowl] championship and all. He’s a good player I’ve always respected from afar."

Both teams sit at 7-4 and San Diego currently holds the sixth and final spot in the AFC.  Baltimore would be on the outside looking in if both teams finished tied at the end of the season.

"It’s an important game – it’s the next one," Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said. "It’s the next one you’ve got to win. Every week you go into the game trying to be 1-0. So obviously, being in the conference and all that stuff, there’s added bonus of winning those games. So yes, that does come into play, but you’ve just got to find a way to come out 1-0. That’s the most important thing this week."

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