BALTIMORE -- The Ravens already know they can’t make the playoffs. But to help KO the playoff chances of their archrivals? Well, that might be the next best thing.
That was the prevailing mood in the Ravens locker room on Sunday after their stunning 20-17 win over the Steelers.
“It’s the Steelers. We just wanted to beat them. It’s even sweeter that we may have ruined their playoff chances,” defensive tackle Brandon Williams said. “That’s the biggest icing on the cake.”
The Ravens haven’t ruined the Steelers playoff chances, but they did put a big dent in them.
Had the Steelers won Sunday and the New York Jets lost, the Steelers would have clinched a playoff spot. Instead, the Steelers lost, and the Jets beat New England in overtime, which means the Steelers (9-6) miss the playoffs if the Jets beat Buffalo next week.
“Hey, if we can’t get in there, then you can’t get in, either,” cornerback Lardarius Webb said. “That’s how we want it.”
Webb called the win the most satisfying of the season, and he suggested that the Steelers were overconfident.
“I thought we had them all week where we wanted them,” Webb said. “With our record (4-10 entering the game), they came in and thought it was going to (be) bombs over Baghdad against us. That’s when we had them. So with them thinking that all week, we were thinking we were going to beat them, and we knew it. Guys came out and showed it.”
Guard Marshall Yanda said the notion that the Ravens might have derailed the Steelers playoff chances is “pretty awesome. … We always want to beat them, obviously. They’re in our division. That doesn’t change. We’re having a tough year, but it’s great to beat the Steelers.”