Ravens, Texans, Pack & 'Hawks bewitch

Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens beat the Indianapolis Colts to increase the prolonged and famend occupation of the person many observers bewitch into chronicle to be the unbelievable defensive participant within the historical past of the game.

Linebacker Ray Lewis, 37, not too prolonged in the past equipped that he would retire on the stop of the season and his team-mates had been sure to not let him down in his remaining dwelling look.

Whereas the Ravens’ defence did successfully to cease the Colts’ rookie quarterback Andrew Luck – who has additional than lived as much as the pressures linked to being the no 1 draft clutch – it became as quickly as his reverse amount Joe Flacco who emerged victorious.

That Flacco did became as quickly as largely the ultimate technique right down to a spectacular efficiency from his fundamental goal, Anquan Boldin. The massive receiver broke the crew’s file with 5 catches for 145 yards, together with an 18-yard touchdown reception within the fourth quarter which sealed a 24-9 victory for the Ravens.

Baltimore will subsequent rush forwards and backwards to Denver to face the AFC’s top-seeded Broncos, who had earned the trustworthy to a bye by way of the wild card weekend.

Subsequent weekend’s various AFC divisional spherical sport brings collectively the Houston Texans and the Present England Patriots.

On account of some stifling defence, the Texans had been by no means actually in danger at dwelling to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Whereas they struggled to transform possession into factors, Arian Foster ran for 140 yards and a touchdown as they ran out 19-13 winners.

Within the NFC, Inexperienced Bay managed to private Minnesota’s chief danger, Adrian Peterson, to convincingly bewitch the all-NFC North attain all the tactic by way of 24-10.

It became as quickly as candy revenge for the Packers, whose 37-34 loss within the remaining week of the peculiar season to the Vikings deprived the aged of a bye week and guaranteed the latter a collection within the play-offs.

Inexperienced Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers saved the friends’ defence on their toes right by way of, discovering 10 various receivers as he carried out 23 of 33 passes for 274 yards and one passing touchdown.

Within the meantime Peterson, who closing week fell final wanting breaking Eric Dickerson’s 1984 file for mainly probably the most dashing yards in a season, became as quickly as restricted to 99 yards from his 22 carries.

The Packers will head west to face the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday, 12 January for a collection within the NFC Championship sport, which is inviting to additionally function the winner of Sunday’s match-up between the Seattle Seahawks and the cease-seeded Atlanta Falcons.

In a match hyped as being a duel between rookie quarterbacks, Seattle’s Russell Wilson got here out on prime in the direction of the Washington Redskins’ Robert Griffin III.

However that tells most great half the sage, as an already injured Griffin – broadly is believed as RG3 – became as quickly as ultimately pressured out of the game within the fourth quarter with a knee injury.

The Seahawks had earlier spoke again successfully to a nightmare first quarter through which Griffin threw a pair of touchdown passes to Logan Paulsen and Evan Royster.

However from 14-0 down, the friends by no means regarded encourage, scoring 24 unanswered factors attributable to some sturdy defence and impressed play by Wilson and working-encourage Marshawn Lynch.

Lynch ran for a touchdown and 132 yards from his 20 carries, whereas Wilson carried out 15 passes for 187 yards and a touchdown.

His efficiency became as quickly as typified within the fourth quarter when, having handed the ball off to Lynch, he charged downfield forward of throwing an final block to allow his team-mate to achieve.

That gave the Seahawks the lead for the primary time and, decrease than a minute later, the game became as quickly as all however over when Griffin’s knee buckled as he tried to subject a rotten shotgun snap, the misfortune so rotten that he did not even try to protected successfully the ball.

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