"I tried to make a big deal about it in the locker room, and the guys kind of gave me a smattering of applause," coach John Harbaugh said. "They expected that; I think they've earned the right to expect that."
The Ravens have believed for weeks they'd make the playoffs, Sunday's win just lined up the math with those expectations.
"We haven't done anything yet," linebacker Matthew Judon said. "Just to get in, it isn't enough. We got in last year and it wasn't enough. This game always leaves you wanting more. You got to make it to the next stage. That's what we're trying to do."
Spoken like a true veteran.
Perhaps the ugly win in Buffalo played a part in the tempered response to locking up a playoff spot.
"We know we're fighting for a bigger goal, man," Peters said after the win. "It ain't about nobody else; it's about us. It's gonna take us to get this goal done. So, we gotta just keep harping in on, it's gonna take us one day at a time, one play at a time, one week at a time, and we're gonna get our goal."
The first step in the process, getting to the playoffs, is complete. The next stages are much bigger for a franchise with sizable expectations: win the division, get a first-round bye, earn the top spot in the conference, win a playoff game, make Super Bowl, then hoist the Lombardi Trophy.
In Baltimore, the first step isn't something to pop champagne over. That comes later.