Saturday, January 16, 2010
Rapid Reaction: Colts 20, Ravens 3
By James Walker
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Baltimore Ravens have been an up-and-down team all season, and that trend held true to form Saturday.
Following a dominant, wild-card performance against the New England Patriots, the Ravens fell flat in the divisional round with a 20-3 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Baltimore didn’t give itself much of a chance after allowing two touchdowns late in the first half, and accruing seven penalties and four turnovers.
The Colts’ early lead helped them stay one step ahead of the Ravens (10-8), who lost to Indianapolis for the second time this season. When the Ravens did make plays, they couldn’t take advantage. Two big second-half interceptions by Baltimore Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed were negated by a fumble and a pass interference call.
That was the final chance the Ravens had to save their season.
Baltimore fell one game short of its AFC title game appearance from last year. The Ravens will enter the offseason with several needs to improve, including a big-play threat at receiver to help the development of quarterback Joe Flacco.
The Ravens entered the 2009 as a dark horse Super Bowl pick. But their inconsistency throughout the year and in the playoffs was the story of their season.