Ravens Spoil Luck’s Playoff Debut With 24-9 Win
(BALTIMORE) — The Baltimore Ravens spoiled the playoff debut of Andrew Luck, defeating the Indianapolis Colts 24-9 on Sunday in the AFC wild-card round.
Future Hall-of-Famer Ray Lewis played for the first time in 10 weeks after missing most of the regular season with torn right triceps and led the team with 13 tackles. The game was most likely his last home game in a Ravens uniform as he plans to retire after the postseason.
Joe Flacco threw for 282 yards and two touchdowns, becoming the first quarterback in NFL history to win a playoff game in each of his first five seasons.
Receiver Anquan Boldin set a Ravens’ postseason single-game record with 145 yards and had a huge touchdown catch in the fourth quarter that helped ice the game.
Ray Rice rushed for 70 yards but had a costly fumble in the first half. Thankfully, his teammates picked him up.
Luck led the Colts (11-6) to over 400 yards of offense, but all they could produce was three-field goals by Adam Vinatieri. He threw for 288 yards and was intercepted once.
Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians missed the game after being hospitalized with an undisclosed illness. Quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen called the plays.
The Ravens (11-6) advance to play the Denver Broncos next week in the divisional round.
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