The Baltimore Ravens needed help to squeak into the playoffs, but they aren't going to apologize for getting into the dance despite not playing their best football.
"You put a stop to the season now in a sense of, 'OK, our record is what it was. It was good enough to get us in the playoffs, which is the most important thing,'" Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday, per The Baltimore Sun. "It's a great accomplishment, but it's all equal now. It's a new season. It's a tournament, and we're all equal now."
Joe Flacco's offense has slumped miserably the past few weeks -- horribly hindered by injuries to the offensive line -- and the defensive secondary has been a season-long problem.
Getting Haloti Ngata back from suspension will help the defense, but the offense must click like it did during the last postseason run. If it doesn't, that equal footing will slip away quickly.