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BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens maintain control of their playoff chances thanks to a tight victory over a Philadelphia Eagles team that lost because it played to win.Baltimore (8-6) entered the final three weeks of the season knowing it would capture the AFC North by winning its final three games.The Ravens crossed the first item off the list, beating the Eagles 27-26 Sunday. So now, if the Ravens defeat Pittsburgh on Christmas Day and knock off Cincinnati in the finale, they will be back in the postseason after a one-year hiatus.We want to win a Super Bowl, so we have to go through Pittsburgh next week to get there, Ravens running back Kenneth Dixon said.Baltimore (8-6) might have to play better than it did against the Eagles (5-9). The Ravens were cruising with a 27-17 lead before allowing Philadelphia to climb back into it.A 4-yard touchdown run by Carson Wentz with 4 seconds left got the Eagles to 27-26. Instead of taking the easy kick to force overtime, first-year coach Doug Pederson sent his offense onto the field to attempt a 2-point conversion.The pass to Jordan Matthews was tipped by linebacker C.J. Mosley and fell incomplete.It would hurt a lot to lose this game, Ravens safety Lardarius Webb said. As long as you can control your own destiny, thats all you can ask for. We have a shot.And the Eagles? Despite absorbing their sixth loss by seven points or fewer, they appreciated Pedersons decision to go for 2.I loved it, tight end Zach Ertz said. We had all the confidence in the world we were going to get it done on that play.Some things we learned about the Eagles and Ravens:RUNNING IT UP: The Eagles shredded the NFLs top rushing defense with surprising ease, piling up 169 yards and averaging 4.4 yards per carry.Most of that came from Ryan Mathews, who exploited the middle of the defense for 128 yards and several big gains.Its getting on a roll, Mathews said. Guys were excited to run the ball.Pederson praised the offensive line, and Mathews noted that receivers were chipping in with downfield blocks.It just came down to sheer patience and determination and the offensive line, Pederson said.HORRIBLE CALL: The Ravens had a 10-point lead and first down at the Philadelphia 11 with just over six minutes remaining when Joe Flacco let Philadelphia right back into the game.Baltimores quarterback threw an interception while following orders on what coach John Harbaugh later labeled, the all-time worst call ever.But receiver Mike Wallace said, Throw it. Throw it. It was a great call. Just dont throw an interception.Precisely.I turned the ball over there at the end and thats the only reason it was really a game, Flacco said.MOMENTUM SHIFT: Flaccos pass was intercepted by linebacker Jordan Hicks, whose 34-yard return put the Ravens on their heels. If only those kind of plays occurred regularly, the Eagles might have been a factor in the NFC East this season.We need more of those types of plays, Hicks said. On defense, we believe we are going to set the tone for this team. And in order for that to happen, weve got to come up with the energy, make plays and be the momentum setters.DIALING LONG DISTANCE: When Baltimores Justin Tucker made his 10th field goal of at least 50 yards, he tied Blair Walshs NFL record set in 2012.With the wind swirling and the pressure on in a huge game, Tucker hit a 53-yarder in the first quarter to stake the Ravens to a 10-3 lead.Tuck is so accurate, and he has such a strong leg he can make those kicks, Harbaugh said. Today was tough; there was a lot of wind out there.Tucker has made 31 of 32 kicks this season. His only miss of the year was blocked. Hes hit on 12 consecutive 50-yarders, including 10 straight in 2016.The next kick is the most important kick, he said. Sure, its another accolade piece to put on the mantel, but at the exact same time there is more important stuff to take care of, and that starts with a win in Pittsburgh on Christmas Day.GO WEST: Terrance West rattled off a 41-yard run for Baltimore in the third quarter, the longest of his career. He finished with 77 yards and averaged 5.9 yards per carry.He now has 729 yards for the season, topping his previous high of 673 in 2014 with Cleveland.I thought our offense grinded it out and played a pretty good game, Flacco said.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Authentic Stephen Vogt Jersey . The third-ranked Ivanovic, who won the event in 2008 and 10, served five aces and broke Wickmayer, also a former winner in 2009, five times. "The result looked easier than it really was," Ivanovic said. Authentic Jhoulys Chacin Jersey . Hey!" 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Something its longtime owner knows all too well.Now New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is girding for another population influx on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.Asked what scares him about facing the team he watched while growing up in western Pennsylvania, the four-time All-Pro cant help but laugh. The answer is hard to miss. Just check out the highlight shows.Deep balls man, Revis said.Lots and lots and lots of deep balls. And its no longer just wide receiver Antonio Brown and his quicksilver moves and boundary pushing end zone dances doing the damage.Six of Ben Roethlisbergers touchdown passes are from 20 yards or more, the targets a list that includes speedsters Darrius Heyward-Bey and Markus Wheaton and first-year tight end Xavier Grimble.Somehow, it does not include rapidly developing Sammie Coates, who has at least one reception of 40 yards in each of Pittsburghs first four games.They have a lot of talent, a lot of matchup problems, Revis said.Not exactly good news for the leagues 26th ranked pass defense or its leader, who is dealing with hamstring issues and was dominated by Cincinnatis A.J. Green in a Week 1 loss to the Bengals.New York regaining its defensive swagger may be difficult against Pittsburgh as Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley experiments with his lineup now that star running back LeVeon Bell is back from a three-game suspension.All Bell did in his 2016 debut last week against Kansas City was put up 178 yards of total offense while lining up all over the field in a 43-14 clinic .Such are the options at his disposal that Roethlisberger is a little worried about Haley getting a bit too experimental, the NFL equivalent of first-world problems.We can be as creative as we want to be, Roethlisberger said. We just have to be careful not to get so out of the box, out of this world that it can get confusing to ourselves.You want to confuse the defense, but you also want to be able to play fast. And sometimes, just being black or white is better than being gray.Other things to look for as the Jets (1-3) try to slow down Roethlisberger and company in hopes of winning in Pittsburgh for just the second time in franchise history.FLUMMOXED FITZ: Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has struggled mightily in the past two games after a terrific performaance at Buffalo, throwing nine interceptions combined in losses to Seattle and Kansas City.dddddddddddd The previous time a Jets quarterback threw nine in a two-game span was Joe Namath in 1970. Of Fitzpatricks 10 interceptions on the season, eight of them have come in the fourth quarter.That has lots of fans and media wondering if the Jets should consider a quarterback change soon.For me, thats been my whole career, Fitzpatrick said of having doubters. Its not anything new for me. I just have to continue to prepare and try to be the best guy I can be every Sunday, whether thats coming off a good game or a bad game. Thats just something Ill continue to try and do.LINEMAN SHUFFLE: While Pittsburghs skill position players are nearly back at full strength, the offensive line is hurting. Right tackle Marcus Gilbert is out with an ankle injury and guard Ramon Foster is a game-time decision as he recovers from a bruised sternum. Chris Hubbard, a former practice squad player, may make his first NFL start in place of Gilbert but the Steelers have also experimented with other options in case of emergency, including having center Maurkice Pouncey moonlight at right tackle in practice just in case.We will have faith and trust, Roethlisberger said. At the same time we will not be ridiculous. If there are times we need to send help someones way, we will do it.MARSHALLS PLAN: Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall remains optimistic that the Jets will turn things around -- and maybe as soon as this weekend.Marshall was impressed by the teams mood during the week and isnt nearly ready to bail on the season.We will have better results, Marshall said. Thats a fact.DANCING WITH THE FLAGS: Twice this season Brown has drawn unsportsmanlike penalties for having his touchdown dances go a little too far for a referees liking. While Steelers coach Mike Tomlin isnt going to discourage the Dancing With The Stars alum from doing things his way, Tomlin would appreciate a little clarity from the NFL on what is -- and what is not -- taboo.Some guys are followed more closely than others, Tomlin said. ABs probably one of those guys and needs to respond accordingly.---AP Sports Writer Dennis Waszak in Florham Park, N.Y., contributed to this report. 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