Baltimore’s Justin Tucker kicked a 47-yard field goal 1:42 into the second overtime Saturday to lift the Ravens to a 38-35 victory over the Denver Broncos in the AFC playoffs.
Sometime after the season is over, Peyton Manning will sit down with Ray Lewis and congratulate him on a job well done.
There are real reasons the Ravens have a much better chance to win on Saturday.
The deck is stacked against the Ravens in this weeks game.
The Ravens have a tall task ahead of them: Defeat the No. 1 seeded Denver Broncos and avenge a brutal loss suffered at Denver’s hands a few weeks ago. The Ravens have the talent to beat anyone in the NFL, but to defeat a team like Denver, it will take a lot more than talent to get the job done.
The Manning-Ray Lewis matchups through the years have been intriguing, and this will be the final one. Baltimore’s emotional leader announced his retirement days before he had 13 tackles in his last home game, a 24-9 wild-card victory over Indianapolis.
The Ravens have been an inconsistent group in 2012. Ray Lewis hopes to steer this unit in the right direction when they travel to Denver to face the Broncos. Many analysts haven’t given this team much of a chance in this game. That’s probably because they’ll be going up against Peyton Manning, a man who they have never beat in the postseason.
Ray Lewis pointed out that the Ravens are rarely picked as favorites to win games in the postseason. And he has a point. Even against Indianapolis, many expected Baltimore to be one and done. But as Lewis has learned over the years, it’s probably a safe bet to play the game before anointing a winner.
Fueled with emotion from the impending retirement of Ray Lewis and a fervent home crowd, the Baltimore Ravens dispatched the Indianapolis Colts in the opening round of the AFC playoffs.
Ravens fans are looking ahead to the big game in Denver.
Peyton Manning will have to wait until next season to face the Indianapolis Colts.
Jim Caldwell spent 10 years doing his best to help Indianapolis win. Now Baltimore’s offensive coordinator, he’s focused on beating the Colts.