While it is going to be extremely difficult to digest the Baltimore Ravens embarrassing loss to the San Diego Chargers last night, it could virtually be rendered irrelevant if the Pittsburgh Steelers lose to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football. The Ravens fell to 10-4 and dropped from the #2 seed in the AFC playoffs all the way to the #5 seed.
Those three spots are the difference between the AFC North title and possible first round bye along with at least one home playoff game, to going on the road in the post season for the fourth straight year. After losing on the road for the fourth time this season, the thought of having to win as a visitor in the playoffs should not sit well for the team nor its loyal fans.
However, if the San Francisco 49ers, led by Ravens head coach John Harbaugh's brother, Jim, could do us all a favor by defending their home turf and beating the Steelers tonight, then this all reverts to where it started before today's games began. Baltimore would return to the top of the AFC North with a Pittsburgh loss, and keep the #2 seed in the AFC with at least one home playoff game if the standings remain in that order for the final two games of the 2011 regular season.
So before you decide to jump off the Ravens bandwagon and abandon this team, remember, it is only one game and this team is still headed to the playoff party, which only "invites" twelve teams a season. Turn on the TV at 8pm Monday night and put on your San Francisco gear and root fr the 49ers to do the same thing to an east coast team that one from San Diego did to this east coast team just 24 hours ago.