Try as they might, the Baltimore Ravens just couldn’t get under the skin or into the heads of the Denver Broncos, who were more concerned about talking up their opponents than trash-talking them.
Denver, Atlanta, New England and San Francisco host divisional playoff games this weekend. They’re a combined 49-14-1, and their rosters are filled with such headline grabbers as Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Tony Gonzalez and Patrick Willis.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco gets a second chance to beat the Denver Broncos after failing to do so last month.
Ray Lewis’ last ride now will take him to Denver. Anquan Boldin, Joe Flacco and a staunch Baltimore defense made sure of that Sunday.
Lewis has been sidelined since Oct. 14 with a torn right triceps. The 13-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker intends to return Sunday to face the Indianapolis Colts in what will almost certainly be his final home game.
Jones told The Fan “if you look at the pluses Sunday, we’re evolving into a team that can be a team that can compete for the championship. Not next year, this year.”
Lewis tore his right triceps during Sunday’s 31-29 victory over Dallas. Cornerback Lardarius Webb also is out for the year after ripping the ACL in his left knee in the win against the Cowboys.
By now, Cowboys fans are probably sick of the prognosticators, former coaches, players, talk show hosts and analysts calling the team dumb after the way they ended in Baltimore.
Baltimore’s insane-lunatic/brilliant-dramatist once scribbled: “Quoth the Raven, ‘Nevermore.’
I didn’t think this was possible, but the Cowboys lost a game in which they had enormous edges in first downs, total plays and time of possession, and in which they punted just once and ran 42 times for 227 yards.
“Sometimes it comes down to a kick,” Tony Romo said. “If the kick goes in, it’s, ‘You did a great job today, everybody!’ If it doesn’t go in, it’s ‘We didn’t do enough to win.’” There is a maddening truth to that review.
After Dez Bryant scored on a 4-yard pass from Tony Romo with 32 seconds left to make it 31-29, the 2-point conversion pass zipped through the arms of the diving Bryant in the front left corner of the end zone.