Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 1/6/13
The final score might read as a blowout win for the playoff savy Baltimore Ravens over the young, upstart Indianapolis Colts, but this game was far from that.Both teams provided plenty of plays and miscues that will be talked about for days. The clock may have struck midnight to end the Colts fairytale season, but Football Nation will still reward the good, the bad and the ugly for this playoff encounter.The Good: The Ravens DefenseI’m going to use an old sports cliché to describe the play of the Ravens defense, as they were a cohesive unit on Sunday afternoon.Outside linebacker Paul Kruger couldn’t be blocked from the outside and repeatedly created havoc in the backfield. Colts quarterback Andrew Luck quickly learned that making mistakes against this emotionally-charged defense would prove to be costly. Continually, the Ravens defense made critical stops late in the fourth quarter that helped seal a win for their leader, Ray Lewis, in the final home game of his career.The Bad: The Colts SecondaryFirst off, we have to congratulate the Indianapolis Colts on a great season. But, they have only turned it around offensively, as their struggles in defending the pass was again exploited by an opposing quarterback in another bitter defeat.Cornerback Cassius Vaughn was horrible in pass coverage, as he was either getting beaten deep downfield or being called for pass inference. Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin recaptured his youth by out-leaping defenders for quarterback Joe Flacco’s jump ball passes. The outcome of this game confirms that changes must be made to the secondary in the offseason.The Ugly: Ray Rice’s fumblesThe only blemish on a good offensive performance for the Ravens was the two fumbles by star running back Ray Rice, who hadn’t turned the ball over yet this season.Thankfully, backup tailback Bernard Pierce provided a spark to the running game by rushing for 103 yards in the win. He’s been terrific in the latter part of the season, and could give head coach John Harbaugh an excuse to make a lineup change if Rice continues to struggle with holding on to the football.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
Hit Stick: What is the one sports video game fans need to buy this holiday?
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Louisville's Lamar Jackson wins 2016 Heisman Trophy

Carmelo Anthony ‘skeptical’ of new CBA before Thursday deadline

Erik Spoelstra on sitting Hassan Whiteside: ‘This league is for competitors only’

Andrew McCutchen admits trade rumors left him ‘on edge’

Leicester City put up three goals in first 20 minutes against Manchester City

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Houston regent: Lane Kiffin ‘was not a safe hire’

Adam Jones takes a shot at Terrelle Pryor

Jeff Fisher, Les Snead deny ‘toxic’ relationship reports

‘Field of Dreams’ 24-diamond complex clears final hurdle, will build on site from film

Dorial Green-Beckham fined for wearing non-charity Yeezy cleats

Chargers GM won’t commit to Mike McCoy’s return in 2017

Winners, losers and what is still pending from baseball's 2016 Winter Meetings

The best (and worst) times athletes hosted 'SNL'

Why UCLA's Lonzo Ball is the most interesting player in college hoops

The NBA goes courtside to curbside: Drinks and rides for discerning fans

Five teams on upset alert in NFL Week 14

CFB Crash Course, Graduation: Final grades and awards

NHL All-Star Game fans are in search of another John Scott

Box Score 12/9: Carey Price has had enough of your nonsense

MLB Winter Meetings, Day 4: News, notes and rumors

Matt Ryan is now Mr. Pick-Two

Ten most significant developments of the NBA season

Sporting life: Gifts for the fan who is always on point

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

Winners, losers and what is still pending from the 2016 Winter Meetings

Why UCLA's Lonzo Ball is the most interesting player in college hoops

The NBA goes courtside to curbside: Drinks and rides for discerning fans

CFB Crash Course, Graduation: Final grades and awards

The five best (and worst) times athletes hosted 'SNL'

NHL All-Star Game fans are in search of another John Scott

Sporting life: Gifts for the fan who is always on point

Matt Ryan is now Mr. Pick-Two

MLB Winter Meetings, Day 4: News, notes and rumors

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

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