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Published on 01/06/2013 at Sun Jan 06 15:21.
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Ray Lewis

Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis (52) celebrates after a play during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Both teams came into this game riding emotional highs; The Colts for their coach as well as assistant coach who has some medical condition as of last night, and the Ravens who are using Ray Lewis’ pending retirement as extra motivation. The result was a horrendously fantastic game to watch. Horrendous because both teams were terrible; Fantastic because the Broncos get to play the chump who won. Step right up Baltimore, for you are about to be thrown into the meat grinder known as the Denver Broncos.

My instant reaction to this game is “wow, both these teams are horrible!” The Ravens had a few nice long runs and a few nice long passes, but c’mon, Chris Harris isn’t gonna allow those garbage completions. Additionally, Woodyard and Miller won’t allow those 30, 40, and 50 yard runs.

The Colts had every opportunity to win this game, but showed the world that just because you made the playoffs doesn’t mean you are a “playoff team” (i.e. the Broncos of last year). The Colts stumbled and fumbled their way out of this game. For a team that has Luck on their side, they sure couldn’t catch a break!

The Ravens weren’t much better, but did capitalize on sophomoric type defense. Like I said, if Flacco thinks he can close his eyes and heave a rainbow into a crowd 50 yards down the field against Champ and Harris, he’ll find himself benched by halftime. While next week will bring more emotion from Ray Lewis, the talent difference that the Broncos bring will just be too much for the Ravens to overcome.

What was my reaction to the game as the Ravens started pulling away? It was simply this, “Man, the Broncos are in the AFC Championship Game!!!” Normally I’m nervous before Broncos games… Not this week! If the Ravens even slightly resemble the team that hit the field in Baltimore today, they’re gonna get blown out by 20 in Denver! Sorry Ravens, but by winning today, you became the biggest loser. I’ll go ahead and overlook Baltimore because I know that Peyton Manning wont! Bring on the Patriots or Texans, cause we got this next one in the bag!

What are your Instant Reactions to today’s game BroncoTalk faithful? Leave them in the comments below.



    Will be a better game than the colts would have given us still say the broncos feast on this team in convincing fashion tho.Ready for the pats.

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  • anthony33

    He is a great player, i will give him that, but I do not like Ray Lewis at all. I hope the Bronx stuff it right down their thoats all day long.
    That said, it’s going to be a tough game. Boldin, Rice, Lewis, Suggs and Reed… all great players. Denver is going to have to be ready for a war.

  • jlivings

    It will be closer than people think. The Ravens’ experience goes a long way. That being said I still think we get a solid win. Broncs by 10

  • jojo

    I think it all comes down to if the Broncos can stop Ray Rice again. Rice is the only thing about Baltimore that scares me

  • cdubarkansasrep

    This game boils down to our Dline getting penetration and Champ or Harris locking bolden down. You do this and don’t turn over the ball on O game is “baby food”. Which is sometimes easier said then done…….. Ow and we have to keep Smith from getting verticle on us downfield, because he isn’t a fan of catching in traffic.

  • cdubarkansasrep

    Lol not looking for a better game easy is sometimes the best.

  • jlivings

    their TE’s scare me a little too

  • Cheyenne Kid

    Any playoff team should be given respect, but unless they play a lot better than they played today, the Broncos should be able to no huddle them at altitude on offense and our stout defense bottle up Rice, harrass Flacco and lock down Bolden and the Tight Ends most of the time, so with our crowd and mile high altitude, I see a 10-17 point victory, covering the 9 point spread. Go,go Broncos and Route the Ravens!!!

  • Bryan

    I preferred to play Baltimore again as opposed to the Colts. Indy brings the ability to come from behind fairly quickly. Baltimore really doesn’t. If Denver is able to build a quick lead, I don’t see Baltimore as much of a threat.
    Defensively for Denver, we’ll do much of the same thing we did in the regular season game against Baltimore. Baltimore didn’t have an answer for it then, and I highly doubt they do now. Offensively for Denver, Baltimore is in big trouble. That defense just played 80 some odd hard downs against a Colts team that still racked up over 400 yards on them. They’re coming in beat up from some tough games to close out the season, tired, and will find themselves spending ALOT of time on the field at Mile High. If they’re not gasping for air and taking a knee before the half, I’ll be amazed. Come the 3rd quarter, PFM and Knowshon should pretty much have their way with them.
    I still refuse to overlook Baltimore however. The team has tons of playoff experience and are playing their asses off for Ray.
    Go Broncos!

  • Pete Baron

    Look, nobody is gonna mistake Champ Bailey or Chris Harris for Cassius freaking Vaughn (who we cut). If Flacco thinks he can heave up rainbows against us, he’s gonna have 3+ picks.


  • Pete Baron

    My fear is that it’s always harder to beat a team twice than any team once. This is why the Ravens, in my opinion, are a bigger threat (although still not really any sort of threat) than the Colts. We can gameplan against the Colts and embarrass them pretty easily. What teams tend to do is gameplan for a second game around the things they did successfully….. this can work, but can also be a major mistake as the team that lost will gameplan much better against the things that beat them.

    The Ravens already know what not to do against us, so they can explore more options. We however, don’t know what not to do, so if the Ravens practice against what we know we can do, we could find ourselves in trouble.

    With that all said though, I really do think that this is a 2+ touchdown victory. Vegas has it at 9pts, and I think that’s conservative and will slowly move up. Like I said, I’m already looking past Baltimore, because I know the Broncos aren’t.

  • Gary_in_SD

    Ray was dancing up a storm at the end of the game because he knows it’s the last time he’ll ever be able to celebrate a win!

  • Carlo Scuri

    i really dislike this kind of confidence. No doubt we are a better team than the Ravens, but they’re still a good team, with a great experience in the off season. We need to establish the run on offense and take Ray Rice out of the game early.

  • Pete Baron

    We’re enjoying the ride. I find it way more fun to enjoy it and pump out our chests than worry about every little nit that can be picked.

    I realize that for the last 14 years, we’ve been conditioned to expect the worst but hope for the best, but this team is the best team we’ve had since the superbowl years. Back then, we enjoyed watching the games and we talked smack and were confident. It’s time to get that feeling back into the fans, because reality shows that we are every bit as good as we were in 1997 & 1998.

  • Jim_Jebow

    Didn’t we trade Vaughn for Gronk?

  • Pete Baron

    meh, cut, traded, whichever (I honestly can’t remember), all I know is we got rid of him cause he was of no use to us and couldn’t beat out anyone for a roster spot.

  • Jim_Jebow

    I think I wouldnt mind still having him for return duty just in case Holliday doesn’t lose his butterfingers

  • Pete Baron

    I’m fine with Leonard if Holliday struggles.

    The thing is that when you have Peyton Manning at the helm, with the talent around him on offense, all that you really need to do is gain possession no matter where it is on the field.

    While a return for a TD is arguably the most electric and momentum shifting play in the entire sport, only teams that rely on returns for TDs (Bears), need to actually take chances for those plays.

    With our ridiculously great defense keeping teams’ scoring down (#1 scoring Defense in NFL), combined with our electric if not very exciting offense (#2 in scoring Offense in NFL), we simply need to gain possession in order to rip apart our opponents like kids rip open Christmas presents. Leonard is sure handed but not electric… Holliday is electric but not sure handed. When it comes to the playoffs, you let Holliday return punts/kicks until/unless he a) fumbles, or b) it’s late in the game with the game on the line.

  • Jim_Jebow

    I totally agree with you, but I think that Vaughn is a better returner than Leonard and has better hands than Holliday. It seems when Leonard catches a kick, he gets about two yards every time. I don’t think Vaughn has handled punt return duties before, but he is a solid kickoff returner and someone who would be more useful to this team than Gronkowski right now. (sorry I am still a lil bitter about the trade)

  • FrancoUnamerican

    I don’t know. Didn’t we beat every team in our division twice? True we probably have the weakest division in the NFL but I think if we take into account that Ray Lewis in the twilight of his career isn’t as much of a factor as the Ravens would like him to be and we are now playing on our turf–a mile high–gives us a huge advantage. It’s ours to lose.

  • Cheyenne Kid

    Yeah,Pete. We need to be confident. I just saw the money men moved Denver to 2-1 odds to go to Super Bowl. Money talks and bullshit walks. That said,we are the most complete team in the NFL and our OLine is finally intact for this one,Kup and Clady will play. So if they focus on this game as well as they did in the 11 game run, they should win this game handily! Go,Broncos and Bash Baltimore!!!