1 Jan 2014

Super Bowl champs miss playoffs

4:27 pm on 1 January 2014

The reigning Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens have missed the NFL playoffs, ending a run of five consecutive appearances in the post-season.

Baltimore's season has limped to an end with the Ravens beaten 34-17 by the Cincinnati Bengals.

Meanwhile the Carolina Panthers have clinched the NFC South title and a first-round playoff bye by beating the Atlanta Falcons 21-20 in their regular season finale.