NFL: Ravens pound Colts, earn playoff date with Broncos

Sun Jan 6, 2013 6:33pm EST
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By Steve Ginsburg

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.

His favorite target was Anquan Boldin, who caught five passes for 145 yards, including an 18-yard strike in the fourth quarter that gave the Ravens their 24-9 lead.

"Everyone in the locker-room wanted to make sure this wasn't our last game," said Boldin. "We all have a goal in mind and we're focused in on that goal. The only way we're going to get there is if we go out and give our all on the field."

Rookie Andrew Luck, who guided the Colts' march to the postseason following last year's miserable 2-14 campaign, threw for 288 yards on 28 of 54 passing but was victimized by too many drops by his receivers.

"We had our opportunities but couldn't get it done," said Luck. "We made too many mistakes and left too many plays out there. But the Baltimore defense is a great, great unit.

"We can't make the mistakes we made today and advance in the playoffs."   Continued...

Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri kicks a field goal through the arms of the Baltimore Ravens during the first half of their NFL AFC wildcard playoff game in Baltimore January 6, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron