Baltimore middle linebacker C.J. Mosley intercepted a pass with 62 seconds remaining to secure the Ravens’ 26-24 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday and the accompanying postseason berth as the AFC North champions.
Last season, Baltimore could have secured a playoff spot by winning its final regular-season game. But Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton threw a 49-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-12 with 44 seconds to play to beat the Ravens 31-27 and end their season.
On Sunday, Cleveland got the football at its 26-yard line trailing by two points with 1:49 to play. Two completions by rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield — one upheld by video review and the other reversed to a catch by video review — moved the Browns to the Baltimore 39.
After three consecutive incompletions, Cleveland bypassed a 57-yard field-goal attempt to try to pick up the first down. But Mosley dropped back in front of a pass over the middle and made his first interception of the season and ninth of his career.
Sunday’s victory allowed Baltimore to finish the 2018 regular season with a 10-6 record. The Ravens needed to beat the Browns to make the playoffs when their AFC North rival Pittsburgh completed a 16-13 victory over Cincinnati during the fourth quarter of the Cleveland-Baltimore game. That gave the Steelers a 9-6-1 record — one-half game ahead of the Ravens at the time.
Mosley was selected for the Pro Bowl for the fourth time in his five NFL seasons in 2018.
Mosley was the Class 6A Lineman of the Year at Theodore High School in 2009.
Mosley was a consensus All-American in 2012 and a unanimous All-American in 2013 at Alabama. He earned the SEC Defensive Player of the Year Award and the Butkus Award as the nation’s best linebacker in 2013 with the Crimson Tide.
Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.