The Baltimore Ravens defeated the Indianapolis Colts 24-9 Sunday to advance to the divisional round of the NFL playoffs. Baltimore will travel to Denver to face the Broncos next Saturday afternoon. The game will be a rematch of a lopsided Denver win in Baltimore in Week 15.
The Ravens might look a little different to the Broncos this time around, as they presented Indianapolis super-rookie Andrew Luck with a much more hostile defense. The Ravens pressured Luck all afternoon, keeping the Colts and their prize rookie out of the end zone all afternoon.
Though he threw for almost 300 yards, the Ravens sacked Luck three times, forced a fumble and intercepted a deflected pass. Ray Lewis, the heart and soul of the Baltimore defense for the last 17 years, returned to the Baltimore lineup for the first time since injuring his triceps in Week 6 against Dallas.
The Baltimore offense came to life in the second half with a pair of touchdown passes, putting the game out of reach. Lewis' "last ride" will make at least one more stop against an old nemesis in Denver. Before we turn our attention to the Broncos and next week, let's look at the winners and losers from the Ravens' AFC wild-card victory.