BALTIMORE (Reuters) – The Baltimore Ravens pounded the Indianapolis Colts 24-9 on Sunday to extend the illustrious career of Ray Lewis and set up a meeting with the Denver Broncos in the second round of the playoffs. Joe Flacco completed 12 of 23 passes for 282 yards and two touchdowns for a Ravens team that limped into the playoffs with losses in four of their last five regular-season games. Flacco, who became the first quarterback to earn at least one playoff win in each of his first five years, averaged more than 12 yards a completion in the AFC wild-card game. …
NFL: Ravens pound Colts, earn playoff date with Broncos (Reuters)
Von Miller took “being tagged on Facebook” to a whole new level on Sunday afternoon. Miller, the Broncos’ all-world outside linebacker, had a message on his Facebook page for Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco not long after Baltimore beat Indianapolis to ensure the Ravens would play at Denver next Saturday:
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Von Miller starts the Broncos-Ravens trash talking early with Facebook post about Joe Flacco (Shutdown Corner)
BALTIMORE — Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis’ illustrious 17-year career will continue for at least another week, and his quest for a second Super Bowl title is still alive.
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Lewis, Ravens advance after topping Colts (The SportsXchange)
DENVER (AP) — Peyton Manning will have to wait until next season to face the Indianapolis Colts. His old team lost 24-9 at Baltimore in the AFC wild-card game Sunday. So the Ravens (11-6) will visit Denver next weekend to face the Broncos (13-3), the AFC’s top seed. Had the Colts won, there would have been a circus-like atmosphere all week in Denver in anticipation of the reunion between the Broncos quarterback and the team he played with for 14 seasons before their split-up last spring. Instead, the Broncos get a chance to send Ray Lewis into retirement Saturday. Manning will face the Colts sometime next season in Indianapolis — the exact date won’t be known until the 2013 schedule comes out. – By Arnie Stapleton, AP Sports Writer (© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Broncos Ready For Rematch With Ravens
Five things to know about next Sunday’s Denver Broncos-Baltimore Ravens playoff game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High: 1. Manning owns Ravens: …
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Quick Take: Ravens at Broncos
A solid defensive effort led by linebackers Ray Lewis and Paul Kruger and a huge second half from wide receiver Anquan Boldin lead the Baltimore Ravens to a 24-9 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. With the win, the Ravens have advanced to the divisional round of the AFC Playoffs. Baltimore will have a quick turnaround, as they will face the Denver Broncos at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 12. The Broncos beat the Ravens in Baltimore on Dec. 16. The Ravens and Colts would combine for 860 yards of total offense, but turnovers and stout red zone defenses would keep the scoring to a minimum. The Ravens’ first offensive possession of the game ended with an uncharacteristic fumble from Ray Rice, who lost two fumbles on Sunday after not losing one fumble during the regular season. Following Rice’s fumble, the Colts drove down to the Ravens’ 30-yard line before quarterback Andrew Luck had the ball stripped out of his hands by Kruger, who abused Colts offensive tackles Winston Justice, Bradley Sowell and Anthony Costanzo throughout the game. Baltimore opened the scoring with a 23-yard field goal by rookie Justin Tucker with 11:23 to play in the second quarter. The two sides would exchange punts before Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri connected from 47 yards out to tie the game with 2:31 remaining in the half. A 37-yard kick return by Jacoby Jones gave the Ravens excellent field position, an opportunity that the Ravens would not squander. Facing a 2nd-and-10 on the Colts’ 49-yard line, the Ravens ran a running back screen to Rice that was diagnosed and snuffed out by outside linebacker Robert Mathis. However, Rice made an adjustment, sliding to the inside to catch the quick dump-off from Joe Flacco. In the open-field, Rice made a nice move on safety Tom Zbikowski and nearly scored a touchdown before Moise Fokou ran him down at the two-yard line. Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach punched the ball into the end zone on the following play to give the Ravens a 10-3 lead. The Colts added a 52-yard field goal by Vinatieri to trim the Ravens’ lead to 10-6 at the half. Baltimore and Indianapolis exchanged punts to start the second half before Flacco led the Ravens on a five-play, 75-yard touchdown drive. Flacco hit Boldin for 10 yards to start the drive and, after a four-yard run by Rice, would connect with Boldin deep down the right sidelines for a 46-yard gain. Two plays later, Flacco would dump the ball off to tight end Dennis Pitta, who rumbled for a 20-yard touchdown that gave the Ravens an 11-point lead midway through the third quarter.
Strong defense, second half offense lead Ravens to 24-9 win over Colts (Shutdown Corner)
DENVER (AP) — Peyton Manning will have to wait until next season to face the Indianapolis Colts.
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Broncos ready for rematch with Ravens (The Associated Press)
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The Philadelphia Eagles took their coaching search to Denver to interview Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on Sunday after a lengthy meeting with Oregon coach Chip Kelly a night earlier in Arizona. The Eagles only confirmed their meeting with Kelly after it ended. A person familiar with the situation said Kelly was nearing a deal with the Cleveland Browns on Friday before he went ahead with his scheduled meeting with the Eagles on Saturday afternoon. Kelly’s interview with the Eagles lasted several hours, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the information was not authorized for release. Kelly also met with Buffalo after his first meeting with Cleveland. It appears his choice is down to the Eagles or returning to Oregon. Kelly nearly accepted a job with Tampa Bay last year before staying put. The pursuit of Kelly has a soap-opera element because Browns CEO Joe Banner spent the previous 19 seasons in Philadelphia, serving the last 12 as president. Banner and Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie are longtime friends since childhood. But Banner was forced out of the organization in a power struggle with general manager Howie Roseman and former coach Andy Reid. Banner had a knack for rubbing people the wrong away in Philadelphia, and wasn’t popular in the locker room because of the way he handled contract negotiations. His reputation could be a factor in Kelly’s decision. Meanwhile, the Eagles aren’t waiting around. Lurie, Roseman and team president Don Smolenski left for Denver on Sunday to continue the search to replace Reid, who was fired after 14 seasons. The 40-year-old McCoy engineered an offense around quarterback Peyton Manning this season. Denver went 13-3, secured the No. 1 seed in the AFC, and has a bye this weekend. The Broncos ranked fourth in the league in total offense and second in scoring. McCoy has been successful working with quarterbacks far less talented than Manning. Jake Delhomme went to the Pro Bowl in 2005 when McCoy was Carolina’s quarterbacks coach. Kyle Orton had his two best seasons in Denver in 2009-10 under McCoy’s tutelage. In 2011, McCoy devised an offensive system around Tim Tebow’s skills and the Broncos won a playoff game. Philadelphia also plans to interview Indianapolis offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley. The Eagles requested permission to interview Cincinnati offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, but the team said the Bengals have yet to grant permission. The Eagles interviewed Penn State’s Bill O’Brien on Thursday and met with Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong on Wednesday. O’Brien is remaining at Penn State. Syracuse’s Doug Marrone was on Philadelphia’s list, but he set to take over at Buffalo for Chan Gailey. – By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer (© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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Eagles To Interview Mike McCoy In Denver
* Ravens’ Lewis starts in home finale * Colts QB Luck throws for 288 yards on 54 attempts (Adds details) BALTIMORE, Jan 6 (Reuters) – The Baltimore Ravens extended the illustrious career of Ray Lewis by routing the Indianapolis Colts 24-9 on Sunday to set up a meeting with the Denver Broncos in the second round of the playoffs. Joe Flacco completed 12 of 23 passes for 282 yards and two touchdowns for the Ravens, who limped into the AFC wild-card playoff game with losses in four of their last five regular season games. …
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UPDATE 1-NFL-Ravens stop Colts to earn a date with the Broncos (Reuters)
BALTIMORE — Linebacker Ray Lewis posted a game-high 13 tackles in his final game at M&T Bank Stadium as the Baltimore Ravens beat the Indianapolis Colts 24-9 in Sunday’s AFC wild card matchup.
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Ravens 24, Colts 9 (The SportsXchange)