By David Ginsburg, AP Sports Writer
BALTIMORE (AP) — Ed Reed had two interceptions and Ray Lewis recovered two fumbles, part of an opportunistic defensive effort that carried the Ravens over the Bengals 13-7 Sunday.
Despite the victory, the Ravens (12-4) failed to get the help necessary to win the AFC North. Baltimore needed Pittsburgh to lose to Cleveland, but the Steelers won easily to deny the Ravens a first-round bye.
Baltimore will enter the playoffs with a four-game winning streak, but as a wild-card team for the third consecutive season.
Ray Rice scored on a 7-yard run and Billy Cundiff kicked two field goals for the Ravens, who forced five turnovers to offset the 395 yards in offense amassed by the Bengals (4-12).
The Ravens' victory Sunday was not assured until Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer threw an incompletion on a fourth-down play from the Baltimore 2 with 10 seconds left.
Copyright 2010 by STATS LLC and Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.