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Scoreboard
Pittsburgh (1-1-0)03306
Baltimore (1-1-0) «737926
Game Leaders
 Baltimore Ravens Indianapolis Colts
Pass: Joe Flacco (20-35, 189) Peyton Manning (30-44, 246)
Rush: Ray Rice (13-67) Joseph Addai (11-23)
Rec: Derrick Mason (4-64) Reggie Wayne (8-63)
Grades
NFL
D
Complete Report Card NFL
B+

The Ravens couldn't get the running game going and their pass offense isn't good enough right now. The Colts' offense didn't have a lot of plays down the field, but it controlled the ball and got two touchdown passes from Manning.
 
Judgements
The biggest loser this weekend was the NFL office. It wants to encourage teams to play starters through all 16 games of the regular season, but any hope it had of gaining support for the idea vanished with the divisional round of the playoffs. New Orleans and Indianapolis, teams that rested their starters, are still alive. New England, a team that lost Wes Welker in Game 16, is not.
Top Performers
Ravens
Ravens RB Ray Rice Ray Rice was the top offensive player for the Ravens with 67 rushing yards and 57 receiving yards, but lost a fumble and had a ball bounce off his hands for an interception in Colts territory.

Ravens K Billy Cundiff
Cundiff
Billy Cundiff scored the only points for the Ravens with a field goal.
Colts
Colts QB Peyton Manning Peyton Manning threw a pair of touchdowns before the first half and the Colts never lost the lead.

Colts WR Reggie Wayne
Wayne
Reggie Wayne made some nice catches throughout the game and finished with 63 yards and a touchdown.
 
 
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This Colts fan is ready for the game. (AP)
Expert Picks (against the spread)
ExpertPickReason
Harmon: The Ravens' rushing attack will limit the time of possession for the Colts' offense and will keep this a close game.
Prisco: Peyton Manning matches up well against that aggreesive Baltimore defense. The Ravens corners played well last week at New England, but not this week.
Judge: Too many weapons for the Ravens' secondary.
Madden: Ravens have the running game to keep Peyton off the field and keep it close.
Richard: Manning has dominated the Ravens' defense over last several meetings and should simply outscore them.
Urbano: I pick the Colts to win the game, but only by 3 or 4 points.
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Recap
Video Recap (AP) Peyton Manning saw his first action since winning an unprecedented fourth NFL MVP award and led the Indianapolis Colts to the AFC Championship Game with a 20-3 victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday night.
 
The Colts, who had the league's best record, will host San Diego or the New York Jets next Sunday for a spot in the Super Bowl.
Community Take
GAMBLAPIXGM: By no means am I disrespecting the Ravens, but the Colts will lose when they have to play a full team with offense and defense. And the Chargers are stacked, as we all know. I look for Indy to lose rather easily next weekend. Enough with all the Colts banter. No question they deserve praise for their effort, but please donít sleep on the fact that San Diego will not be as inept as Baltimore was. Chargers 34, Colts 21.
kenbeck31: The fourth quarter shows you Raven fans why John Harbaugh was coaching a very conservative offense in the first half. He did a great job keeping the game close, and waiting for an Indianapolis miscue. The Colts gave you those miscues, but you faltered as soon as you got them. This loss was not Harbaughís fault. The Ravens need to go out and get a couple wide receivers next year. I think Mason had a great career, but remember he was talked out of retirement before the season... because of the lack of receivers. Harbaugh did the best with what he had. This is coming from a Colts fan. I know I talked trash during the game, but now thatís done. Good season, Ravens.
 
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