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It took the rest of Sunday’s NFL action to sort out the Ravens’ first playoff opponent, but it is now clear that team is the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Ravens will travel to Arrowhead Stadium for a postseason matchup on Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS.
Baltimore came off its 13-7 win over the Cincinnati Bengals with three potential opponents – the Chiefs, Indianapolis Colts, or Jacksonville Jaguars.
But the Jaguars fell to the Houston Texans 34-17, knocking them out of contention. Had the Colts not defeated the Tennessee Titans (23-20) on a last-second field goal, they would have hosted the Ravens.
Even though the potential opponents have three different styles of play, the Ravens didn’t care who they got.
“It doesn’t matter. Either way, it’s going to be tough,” said linebacker Terrell Suggs. “This is [the] playoffs. I mean it’s January football, and either way it’s going to be tough. We’re definitely going to have to perform better. We’ve got to be prepared to play 60 minutes, especially in the playoffs because if you look around the league, everybody that’s in the playoffs took care of business today.”
Kansas City actually did not take care of business in Week 17. They fell to the Oakland Raiders 31-10 in Kansas City after entering the weekend with a playoff spot secured.
The Ravens, who boast a four-game win streak, enter the postseason for the third consecutive season under Head Coach John Harbaugh.
During that span, Baltimore played in five road contests, winning three. In order to get to the Super Bowl, the Ravens will have win three more away from home.
“We think we match up great against everybody,” said Harbaugh. We feel good about our chances. We’ve been there before – we’ve been on the road before, and we understand that path. The bottom line is you have to win one at a time, for four games, and that’s how it works. We’ve won two and lost the third one. We’ve won one and lost the second one. So, our goal is to win four. But, it starts with wherever we go next week.”
In Round 2 of the playoffs, the Ravens would face the Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 2 seed) if the New York Jets beat the Colts. If the Colts win, Baltimore travels to New England to face the Patriots.