The Baltimore Ravens are home at M&T Bank Stadium for the final time in the 2016 NFL regular season on Sunday to take on the Philadelphia Eagles in a pivotal Week 15 matchup.
The Ravens (7-6) are currently on the outside of the AFC Playoff bracket and with remaining games against the Bengals (5-7-1) and Steelers (8-5), a win again the Eagles (5-8) is of the utmost importance. Although the Ravens hold the tiebreaker over the Steelers, their Week 14 loss to the Patriots put Joe Flacco and company behind the 8-ball with just three games left.
The Ravens enter Week 15 having won four of their last six games, with their only two losses coming to the Cowboys and Patriots, the projected No. 1-seeds in the NFC and AFC playoffs, respectively.
The Eagles, meanwhile, are mired in a four-game losing streak and are looking to finish the season on a high note and ruin another team's playoff chances.
Ravens vs. Eagles begins at 1:00 p.m. ET on FOX. Before the game begins, be sure to tune into Ravens Kickoff at 12:00 p.m. ET on CSN. (Channel Finder)
CSN Mid-Atlantic is here to provide the latest updates, highlights, scores, stats and analysis from the Ravens' Week 15 game vs. the Eagles. Be sure to leave your thoughts on the game in the comment section below.
RAVENS VS. EAGLES LIVE UPDATES:
4:07 p.m.: Carson Wentz scrambles, dives into end zone. Touchdown. 4 seconds left.
4:06 p.m.: Wentz looks for Jordan MAtthews in the corner of the end zone. Incomplete. 12 seconds remaining.
4:05 p.m.: Oh no. Another flag in the secondary. Pass interference on Tavon Young. Eagles at the 4-yard line. 17 seconds remaining.
4:04 p.m.: Zach Ertz makes a beautiful catch on the sidelines. Eagles approaching the red zone. 22 seconds reamining.
4:03 p.m.: C.J. Mosely flagged for pass interence. Eagles have a first down near midfield. 33 seconds remaining.
4:01 p.m.: Eagles have the ball back with a minute to go and trail by seven. This is getting dicey.
3:52 p.m.: Another field goal for the Eagles. The Ravens will take that considering how the drive started. Ravens lead 27-20 with 2:20 remaining.
3:47 p.m.: The Eagles go back to the ground game. It's working. Ryan Matthews picks up yet another gain of at least 8 yards. Matthews now had 128 yards on the ground.
3:44 p.m.: Oh no, Joe. Flacco throws a bad intereption in the Redskins and the Eagles return it close to midfield. With 6 minutes left, the Ravens just extended the Eagles a lifeline.
3:40 p.m.: Joe Flacco finds Mike Wallace for a 54-yard gain and the Ravens are close to icing this game away,
3:27 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN! Kenneth Dixon now ahs his first career rushing touchdown on a 16-yard touchdown to give the Ravens a 27-17 lead.
3:20 p.m.: Caleb Sturgis drills another FG, this time from 27 yards. Eagles are dominating the game but can't find paydirt. The ran the ball down nearly the entire field, then threw two passes and stalled out. Ravens lead 20-17.
3:17 p.m.: The Eagles have 114 yards on the ground using the aforementioned Treggs, Kenjon Barner, Ryan Matthews, Byron Marshall and Carson Wentz. The Eagles have nearly ten more minutes of ball possession than the Ravens, yet still trail by six.
THIRD QUARTER: Ravens 20, Eagles 17
3:14 p.m.: Eagles continue to grind it out on the ground. This time it's Bryce Treggs on third down. Up until exactly a minute ago, I would have believed Bryce Tregs is a made up name. I'm still not convinced Bryce Treggs isn't a made up name.
3:10 p.m.: The last 20 minutes have been a slog.
3:07 p.m.: Jeremy Zuttah is down on the field, but walks off under his own power. John Urschel comes in to play center.
2:51 p.m.: Fletcher Cox collapses the pocket and takes down Joe Flacco for Philadelphia's third sack of the day. Ravens forced to punt.
2:49 p.m.: The first play of the second half is a 41-yard run from Terrence West. T-West had just two carries against the Patriots on Monday night. Now up to 9 carries for 80 yards today.
SECOND QUARTER: Ravens 20, Eagles 14
2:34 p.m.: That will do it for the first half. The Ravens lead 20-14 and Steve Smith Sr. is now in seventh place in all-time receiving yards. Just passed Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison.
3:31 p.m: Smith is back in the game and BOOOOM TOUCHDOWN SMITTY!.
That 34-yard TD pass from Flacco to Smith was 51st 20-plus-yard pass play v. Eagles, most in the NFL.— Paul Domowitch (@pdomo) December 18, 2016
2:29 p.m.: Smith gets helped off the field and is being looked at by the medical staff.
2:28 p.m.: Joe Flacco takes a deep shot down field, but it’s just out of the reach of Steve Smith. Smitty is down on the field. Looks like a shoulder injury.
2:25 p.m.: Chris Moore returns the kick. Moore gets into the open field and coughs up the ball. But Marqueston Huff is there to fall on it. Crisis averted.
2:23 p.m.: That was a slow grind of a drive for the Eagles. But they have to settle for a field goal. 17 plays, 59 yards. 7:42 of ball possession. Eagles lead 14-13.
2:15 p.m.: Another big pickup for Matthews. The Ravens' front-seven is getting pushed around a good bit on this drive.
2:10 p.m.: Kenjon barner picks up 10 yards but looks like he injured his hamstring. The Eagles are painfully thing at RB after losing Darren Sproles and Wendell Smallwood last week to injuries.
2:07 p.m.: Ryan MAtthews is having an effective game for the Eagles. Nothing flashy, but he's keeping the Philadelphia offense on the field.
1:56 p.m.: UPDATE: The news gets a bit better.
Orr passed concussion protocol. Is probable to return...— Brent Harris (@BrentHarrisTV) December 18, 2016
1:53 p.m.: And the news gets even worse. Zach Orr may have a concussion.
1:51 p.m.: The weather is so bad that the Eagles decide to go for the two-point conversion isntead of kicking the FG. Matthews goes over the top and the Eagles now lead 11-10.
1:49 p.m.: Ryan Matthews plows into the end zone for the TD. Woof.
1:45 p.m.: Oh no, Joe. Flacco gets pressured, steps up in the pocket and coughs up the football. Eagles recover inside the Ravens' red zone.
FIRST QUARTER: Ravens 10, Eagles 3
1:38 p.m.: Weather update: The sky has opened up at M&T Bank Stadium and the wind is howling. It's nasty.
Wind has really picked up at M&T. Raining too. #PHIvsBAL— Clifton Brown (@CliftonGBrown) December 18, 2016
1:35 p.m.: Justin Tucker is on for a 53-yard field goal. It's good, becuase he's Justin Tucker and that's what he does. That was his 10th field goal of 50 yards or more and is now tied for the NFL record for most FGs of 50 yards or more in a single season.
1:31 p.m.: Michael Campanaro's first play on offense is a jet sweep for 39 yards. Devin who?
1:27 p.m: Caleb Sturgis puts the Eagles on the board with a 45-yard FG. The snap was good, which for the Eagles, is great. They used four long snappers last week following an injury to All-Pro/Magician Jon Dorenbos.
1:23 p.m.: Eagles force Ravens to punt.
1:19 p.m.: Joe Flacco swallowed up by the Eagles' pass rudsh. He eats a sack near the Ravens' own goal line.
1:16 p.m.: The Ravens nearly force another turnover on an Elvis Dumervil sack. But alas, they settle for an Eagles punt instead. With Devin Hester being released earlier this week, Michael Campanaro is back to field the punt in his season debut.
1:11 p.m.: That was too easy. Joe Flacco finds Kamar Aiken in the back of the end zone. Ravens turn the interception into seven points on a 5-play, 36-yard drive with three first downs.
1:06 p.m.: INTERCEPTION! After two run plays go nowhere, Carson Wentz makes a bad throw and puts it right in Zach Orr's hands. That's his second INT of the season. The Ravens are now tied for the NFL lead with 16 this season.
1:00 p.m.: The Ravens win the toss and defer. Justin Tucker's kickoff goes into the back of the end zone. The Eagles will start at the 25-yard line.
12:55 p.m.: Brior to kickoff, the Ravens held a moment of silence in honor of former tight end Konrad Reuland, who died on Dec. 12 from a brain aneurysm.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 18, 2016
12:48 p.m.: Could this be the last time Steve Smith Sr. plays in front of fans at M&T Bank Stadium? His family is in the house for the home finale.
12:35 p.m.: Eagles fans are in the building. Lots of them.
12:22 p.m.: Just so we're all on the same apge, here is what needs to happen for the Ravens to play the playoffs:
- Win 3 games, make playoffs
- Win 2 games, need Dolphins to lose final 2 games, Broncos to lose 2 of 3 and Titans and Texans to lose 1.
In summary, the Ravens basically need to win their final three games in order to make the playoffs.
12:15 p.m.: Weather update: It's still nasty out at M&T Bank Stadium, but the field seems to be holding up during pregame.
12:00 p.m.: If you're near a television, it's time to turn on CSN for Ravens Kickoff. Rob Carlin is holding down the fort with Brad Jackson.
11:50 a.m.: The weather report for M&T Bank Stadium is a gross one. It's 61 degrees in downtown Baltimore, but it will be raining for much of the game, with a slight chance of wintry mix. The temperature could drop almost 20 degrees by kickoff. But, the good news is that at least it's not as cold as Chicago, Kansas City, Buffalo, Cincinnati or Denver.
It's gonna be a cold one today. pic.twitter.com/u7iHOoKHuO— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) December 18, 2016
11:30 a.m.: The Ravens inactive list is here. Cornerback Jimmy Smith reamins sidelined with an ankle injury. Who is joining him on the bench?
11:20 a.m.: What are the keys to victory for the Ravens today? Stay focused on the task at hand, establish the run game and get to Carson Wentz. Well, there's more than just that, click here to read the full game preview.
11:10 a.m.: Be sure to follow our Ravens Insiders Clifton Brown and Bo Smolka, as well as our Ravens' anchor Brent Harris, who are both braving the elements at M&T Bank Stadium today. Also, be sure to follow our CSN Ravens account on Twitter for the dank memes and such.
11:00 a.m.: Welcome to CSN Mid-Atlantic's live blog for Week 15 between the Ravens and Eagles. I am your esteemed host, Troy Machir. You can follow me on Twitter if you're into that sorta thing. DO IT. THIS IS NOT A SUGGESTION.