Ravens vs. Broncos: Final Grades, Player Analysis for Baltimore

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Ravens vs. Broncos: Final Grades, Player Analysis for Baltimore

Final

Ravens - 38

Broncos - 35

The first game of the divisional round of the playoffs has now gone final as the underdog Baltimore Ravens upset the Denver Broncos 38-35 at Mile High.

Baltimore played their hearts out today in a shootout between Peyton Manning and Joe Flacco. Both quarterbacks were very efficient today, but it was the balanced offensive attack of Baltimore that put them over the top.

Ray Lewis, who is retiring after this season, will have at least one more game to play before he hangs up his cleats for good. This Baltimore team continues to play inspiring, never-say-die football and look to follow Lewis' leadership all the way to the Super Bowl.

This was certainly one of the most exhilarating playoff games of this season, thus far. The Ravens will take on the winner of the Houston Texans and New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game next week.

Grades for players and positional units are based upon the criteria listed below:

An "A" grade is granted to a player who far surpasses the expectations set out for him during the game. This player will absolutely be a key factor to the success of his team.

A "B" grade will be given to a player who plays at an above-average level and contributes throughout the game with very few mistakes.

A "C" grade is handed to a player who has an average game. He may not put up gaudy numbers or be a major contributor, but he will not be the main cause for certain team failures.

A "D" grade will be granted to a player who plays below his ability level. This player would have seen better days on the field and would most likely want a do-over for his performance.

An "F" grade will stick to a player who fails at all levels during a game. He may even be one key factor to a team's struggles, or even its loss.

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