Wildcard Sunday

All the divisional rounds are now set after today’s final wild card games took place. The Indianapolis Colts took on the Baltimore Ravens in Ray Lewis’s return to the Ravens and was emotionally charged. Today’s game was the first time LB Terrell Suggs and Ray Lewis was on the field together, and it instantly boosted the Ravens defense. Lewis had a team leading 13 tackles in the game and the Ravens did not allow the Colts to score a touchdown in the game, even though, they gave up over 400 yards of offense to the colts, and long drives, but they provided plenty of pressure on the QB, and knocked down a few of Luck’s passes especially in the redzone. Paul Kruger had a great game, providing plenty of pressure on QB Luck, hitting Luck five times, two and half sacks, and four tackles. On the offensive side of the ball, Ray Rice in rare form on two plays, fumbled twice, but the defense kept those mistakes from turning into points, but over all, Ray Rice was his explosive self in some plays. Rice caught a screen pass from Flacco and took it all the way up the field, almost scoring, but set up the Ravens first touchdown of the game. Bernard Pierce the back up RB to Rice showed in flashes, his speed, and skill set as a RB, the dynamic duo was hard for the Colts to handle. Joe Flacco only completed 12 passes but hit big pass plays to help the Ravens offense score enough for the win. Flacco finished the day with 282 passing yards and two touchdowns. Anquan Boldin had a game for the ages as he had caught five passes for 145 yards and a touchdown. Boldin routinely beat the corner Cassius Vaughn and then later on victimized former Patriots corner Darius Butler.

The Colts was having a solid game on both sides of the ball, except they couldn’t turn redzone attempts into touchdowns, and settled for field goals. Andrew Luck over all had a good game considering it was his first playoff game and having to face to veteran team, Ravens. The third quarter blew the game for the Colts, allowing Flacco to go crazy, hitting big plays to help his team win the game, and since the Colts could not score touchdowns, they simply could not keep up, and ran out of time. The game was emotional for the Ravens, Lewis will retire after the season, and fans shared some tears for their long time hero, Ray Lewis. Final Score: Colts 9-24 Ravens.The Ravens will travel to take on the Denver Broncos. The game will take place Saturday, January 12th, at 4:30 p.m. ET on CBS.

The second wild card game featured the Washington Redskins against the Seattle Seahawks. The Redskins quickly got out to a 14 point lead but that would be the only points they would score of the game. RG3 threw two early touchdown passes but clearly wasn’t healthy and was injured again, leaving the game mid way through the fourth. Griffin ran after a bad snap and then his knee buckled, and he was forced to leave the game. The Seahawks defense, however, was very impressive after the first quarter of play. They were stout, slowing down the Redskins runs, holding their passes per play to an average of 3.4 yards. Marshawn Lynch was in full beast mode in this game, rushing for 131 yards, and in the fourth had a 24 yard touchdown run to ice the game for the Seahawks, and Wilson, the QB, was the lead blocker over that run too. The Seahawks wanted the game, and they got it. They will move on to face the Atlanta Falcons. Final Score: Redskins 14- 24 Seahawks. The game will be Sunday, January 13th at 1 p.m. ET on Fox.

 


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