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Ravens Move On For Battle With Broncos After Topping Colts 24-9
For Ray Lewis, there’s at least one more time to dance.
The Ravens LB, who announced last week he’s retiring at seasons end, did a dance on the final play of the game, as the Ravens topped the Colts 24-9 to move onto the Divisional Round of the postseason.
While Lewis led the Ravens Sunday on defense, the game was won by Baltimore WR Anquan Boldin and QB Joe Flacco.
Boldin set a franchise record with 145 yards receiving, including the clinching touchdown in the Ravens victory that sets up a game vs the Broncos on the road in six days.
The Broncos beat the Ravens 34-17 three weeks ago.
Boldin couldn’t be stopped in the second half, he had receptions of 50 and 46 yards, plus his 18-yard TD on a floater from Flacco in the corner of the end zone with 9:14 to go.
The test for the Ravens will get much tougher next week, as Manning has beaten the Ravens nine straight times.
The Ravens D held down rookie QB Andrew Luck and the Colts, who played without OC Bruce Arians, who was in the hospital with the flu.
Quarterback coach Clyde Christensen called the plays, but Baltimore’s defense — inspired by Lewis’ pending retirement, no doubt — never let Luck get comfortable.
Indy’s only points came on three field goals by Adam Vinatieri, from 47, 52 and 26 yards.
Reggie Wayne had 108 yards on eight receptions and moved into second in career playoff catches with 91 — only 60 behind leader Jerry Rice.