Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 1/6/13

INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 16: Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on before taking on the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Lucas Oli Stadium on January 16, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
In what could be Ray Lewis’s final game as a member of the Baltimore Ravens, the Ravens will take on the Colts in Baltimore. Lewis announced that this season will be his last, so the team will certainly be playing inspired football to keep his career going for at least one more week. The Colts will also be playing inspired football as Chuck Pagano is back on the sidelines for the second week in a row. He led his team to a convincing win over the Texans last week, even when the Colts had already locked up the fifth seed in the AFC. It just shows the kind of season the Colts are having under Pagano. Indianapolis Colts Andrew Luck will play a big role in today’s game. (Photo by Mark 2400 via CC BY 2.0) The Colts come in as the fifth seed at 11-5 but have a better record than the Ravens. They only lost two of their final 11 games after a 2-3 start. Those two losses came against the Patriots and Texans, and both were on the road. The loss to Houston was avenged two weeks later in Week 17. Their strong finish contrasts that of the Ravens who went 1-4 in their final five games, barely holding on to win the AFC North division over the Bengals. The only question for Indy will be how Andrew Luck will perform in his first playoff game. The way he has played all year suggests that he will continue at his current pace, especially considering the aging-Ravens defense may be on their last legs, which is symbolized by Ray Lewis announcing his retirement. Baltimore Ravens The Ravens struggled to finish the season, just as their fellow division-champion Texans did. After a 9-2 start they only won one of their final five games, which came against the Giants in Week 16. They had been winning close games all season, but the losses came around at season’s end. They had back-to-back three-point losses against the Steelers and Redskins respectively. The loss in Washington was the game in which Kirk Cousins relieved Robert Griffin III late in the fourth quarter. He threw a touchdown pass and completed a two-point conversion to send the game to overtime, in which the Redskins won on a field goal. Joe Flacco and Ray Rice were given rest last week in the loss against the Bengals, so there will be no issue of whether they are physically ready for this game. They are trying to get to the Super Bowl after falling short last year against the Patriots. Their season ended painfully after Billy Cundiff missed a game-tying 32-yard field goal to lose the game and end the Ravens’ season. It is a new season and one that features a new kicker in Baltimore – Justin Tucker – which helps take away some of the painful memories from last year. Colts-Ravens Prediction The Ravens are favorites in this game on paper, but the Colts have been playing much better football as of late, and arguably all season. It will come as a surprise to many and especially those in Baltimore used to playoff victories, but Andrew Luck will lead the Colts to a playoff victory in Baltimore. Colts 27-Ravens 21 ***** Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens Game Information Colts-Ravens Date: Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 Colts-Ravens Kickoff Time: 1 p.m. Eastern Colts-Ravens TV Network: CBS Colts-Ravens Point Spread: Ravens -6.5 Colts-Ravens Over-Under: 47 The post AFC Wild Card Playoffs: Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens Preview and Prediction appeared first on Midwest Sports Fans.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Suns still want to deal Morris before trade deadline

Report: Celtics could offer best deal for Dwight Howard

Hawks 'taking phone calls about everybody on the roster'

Philly mayor calls LeSean McCoy ‘cowardly'

Report: Price might not return this season due to knee injury

Matt Forte confirms he won’t be returning to Bears

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Cardinals GM: ‘No doubt’ team wants Mathieu as fixture

Charles Barkley on Stephen Curry: ‘He’s just a great shooter’

Louisiana governor warns that LSU football could be cut

Report: People with Warriors think they will get Durant

Joe Thomas: It’s a ‘sad end’ to Manziel story in Cleveland

DeMar DeRozan: It will be ‘pretty tough’ for me to leave Raptors

Ciara: It’s getting harder to stay abstinent with Russell Wilson

The top five millennial NBA All-Star moments

Cam Newton sends message with ‘I win my way’ shirt

26% of Denver students skipped school for Broncos parade

Eight surprises, letdowns entering NBA All-Star break

Chris Harris: Von Miller should get paid more than JJ Watt

4 likeliest Dwight Howard trade scenarios

On Kobe Bryant and taking greatness for granted

Penn State the latest to offer generic football jerseys for sale

Gary Bettman praises the NHL’s new website and app (which are currently awful)

Bucks need to choose between wins, development

NBA to weigh adding advertisements to jerseys

ESPN, Stephen A. Smith and Little League International sued by parents of Jackie Robinson West

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

On Kobe Bryant and taking greatness for granted

Bucks need to choose between wins, development

Fantasy booking WrestleMania 32

Unrestricted free agents each team must consider re-signing

QUIZ: Name the winners of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

The NCAAB power rankings

Report: Kings to keep coach George Karl

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker