Despite their many differences, the
Reiterating their previous stances, the head coaches for both teams said their approach to the regular-season finale won't change despite neither team having much at stake.
"You have to" maintain the same preparations,
The Ravens (10-5) clinched the
However unlikely that scenario may appear to be, several Ravens said they plan to play Sunday as fully as they've done the previous 15 games.
"Once you start something, you've got to finish it," running back
Cincinnati cemented a berth in the postseason by edging the
Yet Cincinnati has won six of its last seven games, and maintaining that momentum is a driving force.
"I just want to go out there and play and keep sharp and keep fresh," defensive tackle
Taking the foot off the pedal Sunday might make sense considering the injuries that have plagued the Ravens.
Ellerbe said he wouldn't lean one way or the other.
"Whatever the coaches say, we're going to do it, but we're still going to go out there and try to win," he said. "We're going to go out there and play hard."
Harbaugh said injuries won't play a role in his decision process over which players will enter the fray against the Bengals. Instead, adding another to the win column will take precedence.
"There's no formula here," he said. "What we try to do is do what's best for us to be best team we can be in the playoffs. Part of that is playing as well as we can play this week. We're [playing] to win the football game. But we've got other considerations to take into account as well, and some of that has to do with different guys' health and there are some domino effects with that. But the No. 1 thing to keep in mind is you have to go play all-out to win the football game."