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Colts vs. Ravens: Indianapolis Drops Playoff Game to Baltimore

Posted By Nate Dunlevy On January 6, 2013 @ 6:24 pm In Colts News | No Comments

Joe Flacco only completed 12 passes against the Indianapolis secondary.

They went for 282 yards.

The Baltimore Ravens [1] preyed on a suspect Indianapolis Colts [2] defense to ring up three touchdowns en route to a 24-9 victory.

The home Ravens dominated the Colts physically on both sides of the ball, exposing the league’s most overachieving team on several fronts. Baltimore found holes in the Indy offensive line and secondary to secure the win.

Flacco found Anquan Boldin five times for 145 yards, abusing Cassius Vaughn and Darius Butler in the process. Indianapolis has had one of the worst defenses in football [3], and Flacco put their weaknesses on full display.

The Ravens piled up more than 400 yards of total offense, thanks to a combined 173 yards from Bernard Pierce and Ray Rice.

The Colts had little hope of keeping pace with the superior Baltimore team, especially as the Indy offensive line crumbled around Andrew Luck.

Luck managed 288 yards passing, but had thrown 54 times in the process. The Colts moved the ball effectively at times but were plagued by a series of devastating drops, including several by Donnie Avery, who continued his abysmal season with just two catches in nine targets.

Luck absorbed three sacks and was hurried and hit on the majority of his dropbacks. Still, he connected with Reggie Wayne nine times for 114 yards, which helped advance the ball.

Once the Colts got inside the Baltimore 40, yards became hard to come by, however. Six trips inside the Ravens’ 40 yielded just three field goals, two turnovers and a missed kick.

For a brief moment early in the third quarter, it appeared the Colts might rise up to stun the home team. Trailing 10-6, the Colts defense got a quick stop to open the half, and Luck hit Wayne for a 15-yard gain out to the Indy 33. The drive stalled as the offensive line imploded, however.  A run for no gain was was followed by consecutive blown blocks resulting in a sack and punt.

Baltimore responded with a six-play touchdown drive to bump their advantage to 17-6.

The Colts rallied again for a field goal to cut the lead to one score, but a potential game-tying drive bogged down early in the fourth quarter, resulting in a missed field goal by Adam Vinatieri.

Again, the Ravens answered with a quick touchdown, this one on five plays to put the game out of reach.

The loss closes an amazing season for the Colts that saw them crush all reasonable expectations for their success. While the playoff loss was disappointing to fans, it should prove instructive in the long run.

General manager Ryan Grigson has ample cap room to work with and should be able to retool a roster whose wins outpaced the talent of the squad.

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