Baltimore Ravens complete tough path back to playoffs, eye redemption

The Baltimore Ravens fought hard to get back to the playoffs with a shot at redemption.

Last season, the Baltimore Ravens found themselves atop the AFC with a 14-2 record and the league’s MVP in Lamar Jackson. This season, facing struggles on both sides of the ball, Baltimore watched their rival Steelers take the division. However, all was not lost as the Ravens needed a victory in the season finale against the Bengals to ensure a postseason spot.

They were faced with a situation and met it with class, grit and toughness, traits that define the city of Baltimore and its people. And now, after sending Cincinnati home for the year, the Ravens are officially in the playoffs as a determined team set to hit the road.

Forget their standing, forget their record. It’s 0-0 now. Need we remind everyone what is on the minds of these players? The answer is redemption. For the past two seasons, Baltimore was sent home after the first game and doubts began to grow after each loss on whether or not their style of play was enough for success in the NFL.

Looking for redemption, the Baltimore Ravens could be dangerous on the road.

In 2000 and 2012, the Ravens were the last team standing. They hosted the first playoff game and won two road games afterward before hoisting the trophy. This time, it will likely take three games to reach the big game. However, don’t underestimate this group.

The defense has steadily picked up steam. For a franchise that prides itself on its defensive roots, recent play is sure to make the greats smile. Additionally, when an offense and defense is playing on a level of excellence, the confidence will continue to grow and thus success is not far apart.

The Baltimore Ravens have made the playoffs and they earned it by braving adversity. Now the real test begins and given what this team has been through this season and in previous playoff experiences, they have a chip on their shoulder, a chip that can drive them to a potential championship.