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Jan. 12

Baltimore at Denver, 4:30 p.m. EST. The teams met in Week 15 and the Broncos earned a 34-17 win. Peyton Manning was 17 for 28 for 204 yards and a touchdown and Knowshon Moreno added 115 yards and a touchdown. The Broncos enter Saturday's game on an 11-game winning streak. The Ravens will be trying to reach the AFC title game for the second consecutive season.

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Green Bay at San Francisco, 8 p.m. EST. The 49ers won 30-22 when the teams last met in Week 1, despite Aaron Rodgers going 30 for 44 for 303 yards and two TD passes for the Packers. This will be the first playoff start for 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

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STARS

Passing

-Russell Wilson, Seahawks, was 15 for 26 for 187 yards and a touchdown passes and added 67 yards rushing in Seattle's 24-14 win over Washington.

-Joe Flacco, Ravens, threw two second-half touchdowns in Baltimore's 24-9 victory over Indianapolis.

-Robert Griffin III, Redskins, was 10 for 19 for 84 yards with 2 TD passes and an interception before leaving because of a knee injury in Washington's 24-14 loss to Seattle.

-Andrew Luck, Colts, finished 28 for 54 for 288 yards and an interception in Indianapolis' 24-9 loss to Baltimore. It was the most attempts by a rookie in a playoff game.

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Rushing

-Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks, had 20 carries for 132 yards and a touchdown in Seattle's 24-14 win over Washington.

-Bernard Pierce, Ravens, ran for 103 yards on 13 carries to help lead Baltimore past Indianapolis 24-9.

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Receiving

-Anquan Boldin, Ravens, had five catches for 145 yards, including a game-sealing 18-yard touchdown, as Baltimore topped Indianapolis 24-9.

-Reggie Wayne, Colts, caught nine passes for 114 yards in a losing cause as Indianapolis fell to Baltimore 24-9. He moved into second in career playoff catches with 92 - 59 behind leader Jerry Rice.

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Special Teams

-Steven Hauschka, Seahawks, was 3 for 3 on field goals in Seattle's 24-14 win over Seattle.

-Adam Vinatieri, Colts, was 3 for 4 on field goals in Indianapolis' 24-9 loss to Baltimore.

-Jacoby Jones, Ravens, gained 60 yards on kickoff runbacks and 57 on punt returns in Baltimore's 24-9 win over Indianapolis.

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Defense

-Ray Lewis, Ravens, made 13 tackles in Baltimore's 24-9 win over Indianapolis.

-Paul Kroger, Ravens, had 2 1/2 sacks as Baltimore topped Indianapolis 24-9.

-Cary Williams, Ravens, had 10 tackles and an interception in Baltimore's 24-9 win over Indianapolis.

-Reed Doughty, Redskins, had two sacks in Washington's 24-14 loss to Seattle.

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STREAKS & STATS

For the first time in the Super Bowl era, three rookie quarterbacks - Andrew Luck (Indianapolis), Robert Griffin III (Washington) and Russell Wilson (Seattle) - all started a game in the same postseason. Previously, only 11 rookie quarterbacks have started a playoff game in the Super Bowl era. ... Adam Vinatieri's missed 40-yard field-goal attempt in the fourth quarter of Indianapolis' 24-9 loss at Baltimore was his first career miss against the Ravens (regular season and postseason). Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has won at least one postseason game in all five of his pro seasons, the only quarterback to do it in the Super Bowl era. The Ravens' John Harbaugh became the only head coach in the Super Bowl era with wins in his first five playoff campaigns. ... The Seattle Seahawks finally won a road playoff game, snapping an eight-game postseason skid away from home with a 24-14 NFC wild-card victory Sunday over the Redskins. The Seahawks have won six games in a row heading into Sunday's game against top-seeded Atlanta.

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SIDELINED

Redskins QB Robert Griffin III left Washington's 24-14 loss to Seattle with a right knee injury in the fourth quarter. Coach Mike Shanahan said he was scheduled for an MRI to determine the extent of the injury. DE Chris Clemons, Seattle's best pass rusher, hurt his left knee in the third quarter and did not return. He will undergo an MRI. ... Redskins LG Kory Lichtensteiger re-injured his sprained left ankle in the first quarter. ... Ravens LB Dannell Ellerbe sprained an ankle late in the game. The Ravens didn't specify which ankle. ... Colts T Winston Justice injured his arm.

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SPEAKING

``I knew how it started, but I never knew how it was going to end here in Baltimore. For it to go the way it went today, I wouldn't change nothing.'' - Baltimore's Ray Lewis, who played his final home game for the Ravens, a 24-9 playoff victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

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``I think I did put myself at more risk by being out there. But every time you get on the field, you're putting yourself on the line.'' - Redskins QB Robert Griffin III on aggravating his knee injury in Washington's 24-14 loss to Seattle.

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Report: NFL to cut preseason in half, taking away Ravens first and fourth preseason games against the Bills and Redskins

Report: NFL to cut preseason in half, taking away Ravens first and fourth preseason games against the Bills and Redskins

According to a report from ProFootballTalk, the NFL has scrapped its first and fourth preseason games this season and cut the preseason in half. 

The Ravens were scheduled to play the Bills at home on Aug. 14 to open the season, then end the preseason on Sept. 3 against the Redskins. 

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Now, the Ravens’ tentative preseason schedule will have one road game, at the Cowboys on Aug. 22, and home against the Panthers on Aug. 30. 

According to the report, the move was spurred on by two factors: Firstly, that road teams would have trouble moving that many bodies and risk spreading COVID-19. Secondly, that no team has had on-field workouts this summer. Now, with training camps scheduled to start on July 28, teams will have more time to prepare for the season. 

The move came with coronavirus cases continually rising in the United States a day after Dr. Anthony Fauci said new cases could reach 100,000 per day if more preventative measures were not taken. On June 30, the U.S. had 46,042 new cases, the second-highest total since the pandemic began.

Baltimore is still set to report to camp at the end of the month, as is the rest of the NFL. With the new preseason schedule, they’ll have about three weeks to prepare for the first on-field game action of the season. 

The Ravens haven’t lost in the preseason since Sept. 3, 2015, when they lost 20-19 to the Falcons. 

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What if Ravens beat the Patriots in the 2012 AFC Championship Game?

What if Ravens beat the Patriots in the 2012 AFC Championship Game?

It’s not a stretch to say the 2012 AFC Championship Game was one of the most painful losses in Baltimore sports history.

The Ravens went to New England off a 20-13 win in the divisional round and were a game away from the Super Bowl for the first time since 2008. 

And one of their biggest rivals stood in the way of the Ravens and their second Super Bowl appearance in history. 

Baltimore and New England went back and forth for the entire game, before a one-yard Tom Brady plunge on 4th and goal gave the Patriots a 23-20 lead early in the fourth quarter. 

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Despite a Joe Flacco interception midway through the fourth quarter, the Ravens held the Patriots out of the end zone and gave the ball back to their offense with under two minutes to play. 

Then, the Ravens marched into Patriots territory and found themselves at the 14-yard line with 27 seconds left. 

On second down, Flacco fired a pass to wide receiver Lee Evans in the right corner of the end zone. Evans had it in his hands — then he dropped it. A Patriots defender came in late to knock the ball out of his hands, a catch that would’ve assuredly lifted the Ravens to the Super Bowl. 

Evans never played a regular season game again. 

"It was an opportunity to go to the Super Bowl," he said after the game. "And I let it go."

Two plays after Evans’ drop, kicker Billy Cundiff trotted onto the field to attempt a game-tying 32-yard field goal. The kick hooked badly to the left, and the Ravens lost 23-20 just a few plays short of the Super Bowl.

Cundiff, who had made the Pro Bowl with the Ravens in 2010 and signed a five-year contract extension in January of 2011, suffered the lowest moment of his professional career 364 days after he put pen to paper. He was released in August.

But if the Ravens had won that game, whether through Evans’ touchdown or another play in overtime, it’s reasonable to assume things wouldn’t have turned out as well long-term for the team. 

The Patriots lost the Super Bowl two weeks later to the Giants, 21-17, as the Ravens regrouped and made additions. 

One of those additions was Justin Tucker, who signed as an undrafted free agent and beat Cundiff out for the job in training camp. Tucker is currently the most accurate kicker in NFL history. 

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The next season, the Ravens finished the regular season 10-6 and though they had to play in the Wild Card round, found themselves in Foxboro once again for the AFC Championship Game. They dominated the Patriots 28-13 and went on to win the Super Bowl two weeks later. 

So while Evans’ drop, and Cundiff’s miss, might’ve been painful in the moment, that game led to a Super Bowl victory a year later, as well as one of the best special teams players the league has ever seen.

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