Twitter Reacts to Ravens Win over Colts in Wildcard Round

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Twitter Reacts to Ravens Win over Colts in Wildcard Round
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The Baltimore Ravens were the better team against the Indianapolis Colts in their wild-card battle, as they outlasted Andrew Luck and Co. 24-9 in Ray Lewis' final home game. 

The first quarter was rather dull—no points were scored, and fumbles by both teams were the only highlights. 

First, Ray Rice put the ball on the carpet inside the red zone. Then, on a third down from Baltimore's 30, Andrew Luck was stripped sacked by Paul Kruger. 

NFL Network's Jeff Darlington pointed out the futility fans have witnessed to start the postseason:

 

Zzzzz

After the teams traded field goals, we saw our first big play when Ray Rice took a screen pass—that, frankly, wasn't set up that well—and bolted 47 yards to the 2-yard-line. 

Bleacher Report's senior NFL editor, Colin McCollough, a life-long Colts fan, diagnosed which defensive player deserved the blame:

 

Vontae Leach powered his way to a touchdown on the next play to give the Ravens a 10-3 lead. 

Though it seemed to be a tough concept to grasp for former Baltimore offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, B/R Featured Columnist Sean O'Donnell put Rice's play into succinct perspective:

 

Imagine that. 

Though Baltimore took a 10-6 lead into halftime, quarterback Joe Flacco had an extremely disappointing first two quarters. NFL.com's Steve Wyche gave an exquisite explanation:

 

Can't argue, can you?

In the second half, Anquan Boldin took over, and he finished the game with five catches for 145 yards and a touchdown. He caught two deep balls with Cassius Vaughn in coverage, one being a play in which Flacco simply threw the ball up for grabs.

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The always insightful Scott Kacsmar, also known as "@CaptainComeback," made an interesting yet sarcastic comment about the troubled Indianapolis cornerback:

 

The Colts secondary had trouble for most of the second half with Boldin and Torrey Smith, and that became a major deciding factor in this one.  

Flacco scrambled out of the pocket from the Colts' 15 and found tight end Dennis Pitta for a touchdown to make the score 17-6 late in the third quarter.

Although he's typically Mr. Reliable for the Ravens, after a field goal by Adam Vinatieri, Ray Rice fumbled for a second time in the third quarter on a play in which he was stripped by Joe Lefeged.

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Luck was unable to lead a touchdown drive, but put his team in position to add another three points to the board. 

Then, Vinateri pushed a 40-yard field goal, which produced an idea in Chet Gresham's mind:

 

Some Colts fans may have felt the same.

Following a Boldin touchdown catch that took the Ravens to a 24-9 lead, the Colts faced a 4th-and-1 from the Baltimore 18 with less than six minutes remaining.

Luck looked toward the sideline for Reggie Wayne, but the ball was tipped directly into the hands of Cary Williams.

That all but officially wrapped things up.

Benjamin Allbright wasn't a fan of the play call and certainly didn't like the short, predictable route run by the legendary wide receiver:

 

Spot on, Ben.  

With the Ravens kneeling to end the game, Ray Lewis came onto the field as the 11th offensive player and performed his signature dance one last time in front of the home crowd—an amazing moment:

 

The Ravens will travel to Denver to face Peyton Manning and the Broncos next weekend. 

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