BALTIMORE — The Patriots’ 41-7 blow out of the Ravens wasn’t just window dressing on their fifth straight AFC East title that was clinched before the game even began.

With the win Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, the Patriots held onto the crucial No. 2 seed in the AFC, which they can clinch next week with a win over the Bills at Gillette Stadium or a Cincinnati loss at home to the Ravens.

BALTIMORE — In the mind of defensive end Rob Ninkovich, there was no doubt what was going to happen Sunday afternoon.

Ninkovich, who had six tackles and a sack in Sunday’s 41-7 thumping of the Ravens, said he knew the outcome even before he took the field.

BALTIMORE — As far as Tom Brady is concerned, winning never gets old.

The Patriots copped their fifth straight AFC East title and 11th in 13 years with a 41-7 win over the Ravens on Sunday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium. Brady went 14-for-26 for 172 yards with a touchdown in the win.

BALTIMORE — The Patriots are in the postseason.

New England dominated the Ravens Sunday afternoon, suffocating the Baltimore offense and putting up 17 first-half points on the way to a 41-7 win over the Ravens in front of a packed house at M&T Bank Stadium.

BALTIMORE — Devin McCourty suffered a head injury early in the third quarter on a tackle on Ravens tight end Ed Dickson and will not return.

BALTIMORE — The Patriots were winners in warmups.

New England captured its fifth straight AFC East division crown before taking a single snap at M&T Bank Stadium Sunday as the Buffalo Bills shutout the Miami Dolphins, 19-0, Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

BALTIMORE — The Patriots have announced their inactives for Sunday’s game against the Ravens: left tackle Nate Solder, tight end D.J. Williams, linebacker Dane Fletcher, wide receiver Josh Boyce, wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins, defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga, defensive end Jake Bequette. Here’s a quick look at what some of those personnel moves mean, and who will benefit when it comes to playing time.

BALTIMORE — Unseasonably warm conditions with a chance of thunderstorms are in the forecast as the Patriots take on the Ravens in a crucial AFC matchup for both teams.

Temperatures are expected to approach 75 for the 4:25 p.m. kickoff at M&T Bank Stadium. But the bigger factor could be severe thunderstorms in the area could wreak havoc with playing conditions.

The Patriots announced Saturday night that left tackle Nate Solder and wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins were downgraded to out for Sunday’s game against the Ravens.

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