Baltimore's 24-16 win — fueled by Ray Rice's 191 rushing yards and two touchdowns — gave the Ravens a 12-4 record for the 2011 NFL season, and two head-to-head wins against the Pittsburgh Steelers gave the Ravens a tiebreaker that boosted them past 12-4 Pittsburgh to the AFC North title.
But while Cincinnati, which got 232 passing yards from Andy Dalton and 51 rushing yards and a touchdown from Bernard Scott in a losing effort, fell to 9-7 with the loss, losses by the Oakland Raiders, Denver Broncos, and New York Jets allowed the Bengals to claim the second AFC wild card berth, and the No. 6 seed in the AFC playoffs.
Baltimore will enjoy a first-round bye and play the highest-seeded team remaining in the AFC Divisional round. Cincinnati travels to Houston to play the Texans next weekend in the AFC Wild Card round.