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Brady Defends Deception Against Ravens

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(BOSTON, Ma.) -- Tom Brady respects Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh, but believes the Patriots did nothing wrong in their win over the Ravens in Saturday's AFC Divisional match.

Brady, on his weekly radio appearance on WEEI's Dennis and Callahan Show, explained that trick plays, deception and misdirection are all part of football.

"Let me say first, I have a lot of respect for him as a coach, and obviously that team is one of the toughest teams we face. It's always a tough match-up," Brady said.

"It was a play that we liked and we thought would work. We had a couple versions of it. It's kind of an alert play for our team, and we made them figure out what to do," Brady continued. "I think that's what it looked like to me. We had to execute it, we had to make the appropriate calls and block it and make the plays, and I was proud of us. That was a good weapon for us. That's part of football. You have to prepare for everything."

The issue lies in the Patriots lining up four offensive linemen and one wide receiver that declares as ineligible. A player that is ineligible cannot cross the line of scrimmage until a pass is thrown or on a running play.  The Patriots did this on three plays.

The Ravens took exception to this because of the difficulty in figuring out whom to cover.  Harbaugh was assessed a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty during the game when he ran onto the field to alert an official of the issue. 

The NFL ruled that what the Patriots was legal as defined by the rule book.

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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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Pitta Out for Season After Undergoing Hip Surgery 

Al Bello/Getty Images(OWINGS MILLS, Md.) -- Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta had season-ending hip surgery on Monday.

It's the second time in a year that Pitta has undergone hip surgery, leaving his NFL future in doubt.

“I don’t know the ramifications of that long-term,” Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said. “The specialists, they’ll have to give us information on that. I really don’t know. I’m going to be really hopeful for Dennis’ return, and I’m sure we will learn about that as we go.”

Pitta was hurt during the team's win over the Cleveland Browns Sunday after catching a pass. He turned to make the catch, and when he twisted back around, he couldn't put all of his weight on his right leg and fell to the ground.

The 29-year-old Pitta, who during the off-season received a five-year, $32.5 million contract, had 16 catches for 125 yards in three games this season.

With Pitta out, the Ravens will have to depend upon Owen Daniels and Kyle Juszczyk to handle the team's tight end duties.

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Terrell Suggs Receives Four-Year Extension from Ravens 

Patrick McDermott/Getty Images(OWINGS MILLS, Md.) --  Ray Lewis may be retired, but the Baltimore Ravens decided to hold on to another one of their defensive stalwarts for the foreseeable future.

Fellow linebacker Terrell Suggs signed a four-year contract extension Monday, a deal that may allow the Pro Bowler to finish his career with the Ravens.

"I'm truly flattered and honored that I get to be Raven for life," Suggs said.

Suggs will receive $21 million over the first three years of the contract, which includes $16 million guaranteed.

The Ravens drafted the 31-year-old Suggs in the first round of the 2003 draft.  He is a six-time Pro Bowler and was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2011.

"He affects [offenses] in the passing game as well as the running game," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "It was something that jumped out to me."

Suggs is the team's all-time leader in sacks (94.5) and forced fumbles (29).  The deal allowed the Ravens to free up $4 million in cap space.

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Ravens Hire Kubiak as Offensive Coordinator

Bob Levey/Getty Images(OWINGS MILLS, Md.) -- The Baltimore Ravens hired Gary Kubiak as the team's offensive coordinator on Monday. Kubiak, the former Houston Texans head coach, is the third different offensive coordinator in the last 13 months for the Ravens.

"It gives me a chance to be a part of a championship organization," said Kubiak at his introductory press conference. "For me to get back to work...I can't tell you how excited I am." The 52-year-old spent almost eight seasons as the head coach in Houston before being let go in December. 

Kubiak is the third offensive coordinator hired by head coach John Harbaugh. Baltimore finished 29th in the NFL in total yards, the worst ranking in eight years for the team. During his time in Houston, Kubiak led the Texans to consecutive playoff appearances in 2011 and 2012. The team's offense also ranked in the top-10 four times in the last six seasons.

Kubiak suffered a "mini-stroke" on Nov. 3 at halftime of the Texans' loss to Indianapolis but has said that there have been no concerns about his medical condition. 

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Tucker Boots Ravens Past Lions 18-16

Leon Halip/Getty Images(DETROIT) --  The Baltimore Ravens are getting hot at the right time.

Justin Tucker kicked six field goals, including a franchise-record 61-yarder with 38 seconds remaining, to lift the defending Super Bowl champions over the Detroit Lions 18-16 on Monday night.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh elected to let Tucker try the field goal on a fourth-and-8 from the Detroit 43.

"If they send me out there, they have reason to," Tucker said. "It's because they think I can make the kick."

Matthew Stafford threw for 235 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions for the Lions (7-7), who have now lost control of their own postseason destiny.  They fell to third place in the NFC North behind the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers and will need outside help in order to make the playoffs.

"This is a setback, no question," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. "We had control and now we need help. We have to get two wins and let the rest shake out."

Ravens rookie safety Matt Elam intercepted Stafford to seal the victory for Baltimore (8-6). 

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Ravens Edge Vikings On Late Touchdown

Rob Carr/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- A little bit of snow was not going to stop these two teams.

Marlon Brown hauled in a touchdown pass from Joe Flacco with four seconds remaining as the Baltimore Ravens rallied to defeat the Minnesota Vikings 29-26 on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.

Baltimore took a 15-12 lead with 2:05 remaining.  It was the first of five combined touchdowns by both teams in the final two minutes.  Matt Cassel hit Vikings rookie receiver Cordarrelle Patterson for a 79-yard touchdown with 45 seconds remaining, before the defending Super Bowl answered one final time.

"I've never seen a game like that before," Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "Besides the Super Bowl, that's probably the most special win I've been a part of. Crazy game."

The Ravens (7-6) have won three-straight and currently hold the second and final wild-card spot in the AFC playoff picture.

Minnesota (3-9-1) lost running back Adrian Peterson to a sprained left foot in the second quarter.  He had to be carted off the field through the snow and sleet.

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Lewis: Bengals Defense Needs to Step Up

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Cincinnati Bengals will look to start a new winning streak after their four-game streak was snapped against the Dolphins when they travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens Sunday.

They'll be without one of their best defensive players in Geno Atkins, who tore his ACL in the loss to Miami. Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis expects the next man up to step up.

"We can't get hung up on (injuries). I showed our guys the last four or five Super Bowl champions and the amount of people that went on IR. They overcame it," Lewis said. "The best team in the NFL year after year finds a way to overcome all the obstacles that come along the way."

The Ravens are hoping to keep their playoff chances alive and are hoping to get off to a hot start, which has been a problem all season long.

"It's the National Football League. Most all the games are going to be close," coach John Harbaugh said. "The difference is winning the close games. We've done that in the past. We have to do that again. That's what we have to figure out how to do. "

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