Ravens clinch second consecutive AFC North title

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Charm City is home to the AFC North champions yet again.

The Baltimore Ravens secured their second straight division title with their 42-21 win over the New York Jets on Thursday evening.

At 12-2 through 15 weeks, Baltimore currently sits atop the AFC with a 1.5-game lead over the New England Patriots (10-3); the Ravens also hold the tiebreaker over New England thanks to their Week 9 win over the Pats.

"It's great. It's the first thing we wanted to do, but we've got much more to do," Ravens running back Mark Ingram said on NFL Network. "Just a check, but we've got to keep going."

Baltimore might not be done clinching this week. The Ravens can snag a first-round bye if either New England loses to Cincinnati or Kansas City loses to or ties Denver. If both results occur, then Baltimore clinches home-field advantage throughout the postseason. The Ravens clinched a playoff berth last week.

"It's our first goal," Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters after the game of clinching the division. "It's not our top goal, but it's our first goal. So we're proud of that. That's done. We'll move on and we'll get to work."

This is Baltimore's fourth division title under Harbaugh and its sixth in franchise history. The Ravens have now won back-to-back division titles twice; the last time Baltimore pulled that off, in 2012, it won the Super Bowl.

The Ravens' win, their 10th in a row, gives them 12 on the season with two games to go. Baltimore is one win from tying its franchise-best 13-win campaign in 2006.

They play at Cleveland (6-7) and against Pittsburgh (8-5) to close out the year, but this Ravens team is far from done playing football this season.

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