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Ravens are win and in so not worried about playoff scenarios

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens didn't have to worry about a slate of other NFL games over the weekend.
Baltimore took down Indianapolis 23-16 on Saturday and controls its own destiny to earn a trip to the postseason for the first time since 2014.

The Ravens (9-6) have won five of their past six games and are playing their best football of the season. Baltimore currently occupies the fifth seed in the AFC playoffs, but still might need a victory over the Cincinnati Bengals (6-9) in the regular-season finale to clinch that berth.

As a result, the players and coaches are embracing that "must-win" scenario. The team is not concerned about style points. The Ravens will travel to Kansas City in the wild-card round if they beat the Bengals on Sunday.

"We've spent our time getting ready for a very important game," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday. "Our players are excited about it."

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The Ravens' offense has helped carry the team over the second half of the season. Baltimore managed five drives of 10 or more plays against the Colts. That helped dictate the tempo of the game and also controlled the clock.

The Ravens still have the 29th-ranked passing offense, but quarterback Joe Flacco has played considerably better lately. He got off to a slow start after missing all of training camp with an ailing back.

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However, Flacco has thrown seven touchdown passes and just one interception over the past five games. He is feeling confident about his team's potential playoff run.

"Our goal is to get to the playoffs, and once you get to those games, you can't rely on winning those games by 20 or 30 points," Flacco said. "You have to rely on being able to play 60 minutes and being able to have the nerve and everything else that goes along with that."

Injury notes

CB Jaylen Hill tore his ACL and MCL in the third quarter Saturday against the Colts, head coach John Harbaugh said. Hill, who signed with the team as an undrafted free agent, had a stellar training camp and was poised to play a big role in the secondary. However, he had missed the first six games of the season because of a hamstring injury. Hill was also a key player on special teams. ... WR Breshad Perriman was active for the second straight game Saturday against the Colts. He had been a healthy scratch in three games this year. Perriman, the team's first-round pick in 2015, was targeted four times and caught two passes for 14 yards against Indianapolis. Perriman has just 10 receptions for 77 yards and no touchdowns this season. ... RB Terrance West was active Saturday against the Colts. It was his first appearance since Oct. 8 after missing time with a calf injury. West did not have a carry. ... WR Jeremy Maclin (knee) was inactive Saturday against the Colts after being unable to practice the previous week. Maclin, who has missed three games this season, is fourth on the team with 40 receptions for 440 yards with three touchdowns. Maclin could be back for the regular-season finale against the Bengals.

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