Ray Lewis provided the spark and the fireworks for the Baltimore Ravens. Marshawn Lynch ran roughshod over the Washington Redskins. As a result, Baltimore and Seattle escaped Wild Card Weekend while Indianapolis and Washington were sent home for the rest of the winter.
On Day 2 of the National Football League post-season, the Ravens dumped the Colts 24-9 in Game 2 of the AFC playoffs while the Seahawks came back from a 14-0 deficit to whip Washington 24-14 in Game 2 of Wild Card Weekend in the NFC. Washington was the only home team to lose in Week 1 of the playoffs.
That means that Round 2 of the post-season next week, looks like this: on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. (CST), it’s Baltimore at Denver and at 7 p.m., Green Bay at San Francisco. On Sunday at Noon (CST), it’s Seattle at Atlanta and at 3:30 p.m., it’s Houston at New England.
The Baltimore victory was huge for 17-year veteran Ray Lewis who came back from injury to play the final home game of his career. He was the best player on the field.
“My only focus was to come in and get my team a win. Nothing else was planned,” the 37-year-old Lewis told the Associated Press. “It’s one of those things, when you recap it all and try to say what is one of your greatest moments.
“I knew how it started, but I never knew how it would end here in Baltimore. To go the way it did today, I wouldn’t change nothing.”
Let’s take a close look at what happened on Day 2 of Wild Card Weekend:
Baltimore 24 Indianapolis 9
With Ray Lewis back, the Ravens defense was almost impregnable while receiver Anquan Boldin set a Baltimore franchise record with 145 receiving yards (on only five catches), as the Ravens advanced to play in Denver this coming Saturday. It was Lewis’s final home game before retiring. He led Baltimore with nine tackles and four assisted tackles. Joe Flacco went 12-for-23 for 282 yards and two TDs, one of them to Boldin. Brenard Pierce carried 13 times for 103 yards. Indy’s rookie QB Andrew Luck went 28-of-54 for 288 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. He was also sacked three times. Reggie Wayne caught nine passes for 114 yards.
Seattle 24 Washington 14
Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch carried 20 times for 132 yards and a touchdown as the Seahawks came back from 14-0 first quarter deficit to win the first road playoff game in franchise history. It was also the largest post-season deficit from which the Seahawks have ever come back. Russell Wilson played a typically conservative game at quarterback, completing 15-of-26 attempts for 187 yards and one touchdown. Until he injured his knee in the fourth quarter, Washington’s Robert Griffin III completed only 10-of-19 passes for 84 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. The Seahawks will now move on to play the top-seeded Falcons in Atlanta next Sunday.