Ray Lewis walks off the field in what may have been the last home game of his storied career.
Baltimore Ravens: A
The Baltimore Ravens never let Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts get any kind of offensive rhythm going during their Wild Card playoff game on Sunday. The Ravens looked rejuvenated after a grueling 16-game regular season that saw them enter the playoffs having lost four of their last five. Joe Flacco and the Ravens' offense looked sharp, the defense was on point, as usual, and Ray Lewis provided the inspiration and leadership that the team needed in order to secure a second round matchup in Denver next week.
Ray Lewis: A
The Ravens’ defensive caption and emotional leader put together a solid performance, in what may have been, the final home game of his career. Lewis led the defense with 13 tackles, which pushed his career postseason total to 112. Lewis has been one of the all-time great defensive players over his career, and if this is in fact his last hurrah, NFL fans will be sad to see him go.
Seattle Seahawks: B+
Seattle was able to win a close game on the road against a very good Washington Redskins team, but people might begin to focus on RGIII’s injury as the main reason for the victory—and if they did, they would be wrong. Seattle is excellent team with talent and confidence, and, simply had the Redskins out of sync for the majority of their game. Seattle has been on quite a hot streak as of late, and could very well pull off an upset against the Atlanta Falcons next week.
Andrew Luck: C-
Andrew Luck and the Colts played valiantly, but, were we really expecting them to pull off an upset on the road against that defense? The rookie was able to put up some numbers, as he threw for 288 yards—the majority of which were vastly ineffective. This experience will probably turn out to be a positive thing for Luck as he grows into an elite QB over the next few years.
RGIII's first playoff run ended with him reactivating a nagging knee injury during a 24-14 loss.
When RGIII’s knee buckled after trying to recover his own fumble, things looked bad—career threatening injury bad. For a moment, Griffin’s knee looked like a wet noodle hanging from his leg. I imagine Redskins fans collectively stopped breathing during that sequence in the fourth quarter. Luckily, for everyone involved, Griffin injury appears to not be career threatening.
Mike Shanahan: F
Mike. Shanahan. What can we really say? Should RGIII have even been out on the field during the second half? Should he have played in any of those last few games to end the season? It’s funny that the man who had essentially given up on the season during Week 9, would be so reckless with his franchise QB for one playoff run that probably was not going to end in a Super Bowl appearance anyway.