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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.


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.




-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.



-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.



-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.


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.



-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.



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.



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.



``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.


``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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Jimmy Smith returns to practice for first time in over a month

Jimmy Smith returns to practice for first time in over a month

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens got some help in the secondary on Wednesday from someone not named Marcus Peters. 

Cornerback Jimmy Smith returned to practice for the first time in over a month and took part in individual drills, coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday. 

Smith suffered a Grade 2 MCL Sprain in the first week of the season against the Dolphins and hasn’t played or practiced since. 

With the addition of Peters, the Ravens are hoping to be healthier than they’ve been in a while at the cornerback spot.

Smith was listed on the injury report as a limited participant and his status for Sunday’s game against the Seahawks is still unknown. 

The Ravens rank 25th in the NFL against the pass this season and are looking to get the 30-year-old corner back in the fold. 


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Adding Marcus Peters has John Harbaugh and the Ravens secondary pumped

Adding Marcus Peters has John Harbaugh and the Ravens secondary pumped

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Help is on the way for the Ravens secondary. 

With the addition of Marcus Peters, the Ravens are hopeful to boost a depleted secondary due to injuries. Tavon Young, Iman Marshall and Jimmy Smith have all missed significant time with injuries, and only Smith is set to return sooner rather than later. 

Peters, a former Pro Bowl cornerback, is what the Ravens are hoping will take their defense to a level they haven’t been at all season. 

“We’re looking forward to getting him in there,” coach John Harbaugh said. “We’ve known him for quite a long time, ever since the draft when he was coming out of Washington. We spent a lot of time with him in that process, and every chance we’ve had to cross paths since, it’s been very positive.”

After two seasons in Kansas City, he was traded to the Los Angeles Rams. There, he played just over a season before being traded to Baltimore. 

In his 67 games in the NFL, Peters has 24 interceptions — a league-best during that time frame — and was selected to the Pro Bowl twice and named First Team All-Pro once. 

Peters figures to slide in on the opposite side of Marlon Humphrey, who is having a Pro Bowl caliber season. 

“I think that’s a great move,” Earl Thomas said. “I think we have two top-five corners playing on the same team with him and Marlon, so it’s definitely going to help out in the back end and the whole defense.”

Included in the imminent return of Smith, presumably either for the Seahawks or Patriots game, the Ravens cornerback depth is slowly inching to healthy. 

Peters will fly to Baltimore late Wednesday and be ready for practices on Thursday and Friday. Harbaugh said he’ll play on Sunday as much as he can. The Ravens have made it a sort of habit to get players quickly acclimated to the defense in recent weeks, something they’ll try and fastrack once again with Peters. 

The move also presents flexibility for the Ravens secondary as Brandon Carr could slide back to safety, something he did during training camp.

“Let’s move around, man,” Carr said. “Let’s keep the offense on their toes, let’s be aggressive, let’s make plays, so I’m all for it.”