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Sunday, Jan. 13

Seattle at Atlanta, 1 p.m. The Seahawks (12-5) have won six in a row, erased its reputation as a road flop with three straight away victories - including last week at Washington. Meanwhile, the Falcons (13-3) are the NFC's top seed but are 0-3 in the postseason under coach Mike Smith and with Matt Ryan at quarterback.


Houston at New England, 4:30 p.m. The Texans (13-4) return to Foxborough, where their late-season spiral began with a 42-14 rout by the Patriots. They then lost twice more in the final three games. This is only the fourth postseason game in the Texans' 11-season NFL history, while Tom Brady would surpass Joe Montana for most postseason victories by a quarterback if he can lead the Patriots (12-4) to a win.




-Joe Flacco, Ravens, threw a game-tying touchdown to Jacoby Jones with 31 seconds left in regulation, helping send it into overtime and Baltimore beat Denver in the second extra period, 38-35. He finished with 331 yards and three scores.

-Colin Kaepernick, 49ers, rushed for a quarterback playoff-record 181 yards and two touchdowns and threw two scoring passes in San Francisco's 45-31 win over Green Bay.



-Ray Rice, Ravens, ran for 131 yards and a score on 30 carries as Baltimore topped Denver 38-35 in overtime.

-Frank Gore, 49ers, had 119 yards rushing and a TD on 23 carries to help San Francisco beat Green Bay 45-31.



-Michael Crabtree, 49ers, had nine catches for 119 yards and two TDs in San Francisco's 45-31 win over Green Bay.

-Torrey Smith, Ravens, caught two touchdown passes in Baltimore's 38-35 win over Denver in two overtimes.


Special Teams

-Trindon Holliday, Broncos, scored on a 90-yard punt return the first time Denver touched the ball in a 38-35 loss in two overtimes against Baltimore, and returned the second-half kickoff 104 yards to become the first player to score on a kick and punt return in the same playoff game. Both were playoff records for longest returns, as was the 248 total return yards he had.

-Justin Tucker, Ravens, kicked a 47-yard field goal 1:42 into the second overtime to give Baltimore a 38-35 victory over Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.



-Corey Graham, Ravens, intercepted Peyton Manning twice in Baltimore's 38-35 victory over Denver. Graham returned the first one 39 yards for a touchdown. His second was in overtime and helped set up the winning field goal.

-Sam Shields, Packers, returned an interception 52 yards for a score in Green Bay's 45-31 loss to San Francisco.

-Ray Lewis, Ravens, led Baltimore with 17 tackles in a 38-35 win over Denver in two overtimes.



San Francisco had 579 total yards with 323 on the ground, scoring its third-most points in the franchise's storied playoff history, topping Green Bay 45-31 on Saturday night. ... Baltimore's 38-35 victory over Denver in two overtimes - nearly 77 minutes of elapsed playing time - was the longest NFL game since Cleveland beat the New York Jets 23-20 in 1987. ... The Broncos fell to 13-4 at home lifetime in the playoffs. ... Peyton Manning tied Dan Marino for fourth-most touchdowns in postseason history. He also matched Brett Favre for most career playoff losses, with 11. ... San Francisco advanced to back-to-back NFC title games for the first time since reaching three in a row following the 1992-94 seasons, with 1994 its last trip to the Super Bowl.



Colin Kaepernick rushed for a quarterback playoff-record 181 yards and two touchdowns and threw two scoring passes to Michael Crabtree in San Francisco's 45-31 win over Green Bay. He ran for scores of 20 and 56 yards on the way to topping the rushing mark of 119 yards set by Michael Vick in 2005 against St. Louis. Kaepernick also joined Jay Cutler in 2011 and Otto Graham in both 1954 and `55 as the only players with two rushing and two passing touchdowns in a playoff game.



On Denver's second possession of overtime, Peyton Manning stopped and threw across his body to the middle of the field - and into the arms of Ravens cornerback Corey Graham at Denver's 45. Baltimore (12-6) ran five plays and gained 16 yards before Justin Tucker sailed his winning kick down the middle for a 38-35 victory.



The wind chill at kickoff in Denver for Baltimore's 38-35 victory in two overtimes Saturday was 2 degrees, and Peyton Manning, wearing an orange-and-gray glove to get more feel in the icy weather, fell to 0-4 lifetime in playoff games when the temperature is 40 or less. He finished 28 for 43 for 290 yards and accounted for all three Denver turnovers.



``It was one of those miraculous plays. I don't think it'll ever be forgotten.'' - Baltimore's Corey Graham on Joe Flacco's tying 70-yard TD pass to Jacoby Jones with 31 seconds left in the Ravens' 38-35 win in two overtimes over the Denver Broncos.


``Thanks for bearing witness to one of the greatest football games you're ever going to see. That football game did football proud.'' - Baltimore coach John Harbaugh after the Ravens' 38-35 win in two overtimes over the Denver Broncos.


``I didn't know how fast he was. Coming in, I really never paid attention to it. But he is fast.'' - Green Bay defensive back Charles Woodson on San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who rushed for a quarterback playoff-record 181 yards and two touchdowns and threw two scoring passes in the 49ers' 45-31 win.


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Ravens' Eric DCosta not ruling out taking a quarterback at No. 16

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Ravens' Eric DCosta not ruling out taking a quarterback at No. 16

And with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select.... a quarterback?

Assistant general manager, and soon to be general manager, Eric DeCosta isn't ruling out the possibility that the Ravens use their first-round pick on drafting a quarterback to eventually replace Joe Flacco. 

"I feel like if there is a guy there that we think is really too good to pass up, we're going to take him," DeCosta told the team's website on the chance of draft a quarterback in the first-round. 

Quarterback is just one of many offensive needs for the team. Joe Flacco's stats have been trending downward as the 33-year old is entering his 11th season.


Owner Steve Bisciotti though may disagree with DeCosta.

At his annual State of the Ravens press conference, Bisciotti said, "That’s not really something that we’re worried about right now. We’ve got bigger fish to fry, I guess. I don’t consider that a big worry," in regards to looking at life after Joe. Bisciotti also noted the team would be looking at all options in free agency and the draft for weapons for their QB.

From the sound of that, it appears the team's first choice would be a wideout, but the Ravens haven't drafted a quarterback since Joe Flacco back in 2008. 

The 2018 NFL Draft class has a handful of strong quarterbacks to choose from and not a ton of first-round wide receivers. 

Former Ravens scout, Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com has predicted the team with take Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield in the first-round. 

"It basically depends on our evaluation and how we feel about the guy, what we think he can become as a player and what we think his upside is and if he's there," DeCosta said

Backup Ryan Mallet is a free agent so the organization will have to find someone to fill the role, whether it's someone on a one year-deal, or the future QB of the franchise. 


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Ravens sign Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

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Ravens sign Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens have signed wide receiver Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal on Friday according to general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome.

The deal is apparently worth $21 million, according to Adam Schefter.

After being released by the Raiders on Thursday following the signing of Jordy Nelson, Crabtree heads to the Ravens less than 24 hours later.


The 31-year-old is coming off a 2017 season when he recorded 58 receptions for 618 yards and eight touchdowns. In 2016 he posted 89 receptions for 1,003 yards and eight touchdowns.

Since 2015, the Texas Tech product has scored 25 receiving touchdowns, the fifth-most in the NFL. Crabtree and Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown are the only NFL players to post at least eight touchdown catches in each of the past three seasons.


In all, Crabtree has played nine NFL seasons – six of them with San Francisco (2009-14) and three with Oakland (2015-17). The former first-round draft pick (10th overall, Texas Tech) has registered 579 receptions for 6,870 yards (11.9 avg.) and 51 touchdowns in 125 career games (122 starts).

“Michael has played very well against the Ravens, so we know firsthand the attributes he brings to the game,” Newsome said in a team statement. “He is a smart, tough, physical receiver who battles for the ball. We like his temperament and believe he is a good fit for our football team, on and off the field.”

Since he entered the NFL in 2009, Crabtree’s 51 receiving scores rank 10th among active wide receivers, while his receptions (579) are seventh, and his receiving yards (6,870) are 12th.