NFL Scores Week 17, Ravens Vs. Bengals: Baltimore Wins, 24-13, Both Teams In Playoffs

Baltimore got a win and the AFC North championship. But the Bengals got a Wild Card berth despite their loss.

The Baltimore Ravens got their Week 17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, and the AFC North crown and No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs that come with it. But the Bengals made the 2011 NFL playoffs, too.

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.

For more on the Ravens, head to Baltimore Beat Down. For more on the Bengals, visit Cincy Jungle. For more on the NFL, head to SB Nation's NFL hub and our Week 17 StoryStream.

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