Jabaal Sheard

Five Things We Learned from the Ravens' 23-16 win over the Indianapolis Colts

Five Things We Learned from the Ravens' 23-16 win over the Indianapolis Colts

1) The Ravens can’t afford another game like this if they hope to fulfill their playoff ambitions.

Yes, the Ravens outlasted an inferior opponent to maintain their leg up in the AFC wild-card race. That has to be the headline.

But this was not an encouraging effort from a team that has generally rounded into form over the past six weeks. The Ravens talk about making a deep run if they get into the postseason, but that won’t happen if they make as many mental and physical mistakes as they did against the Indianapolis Colts.

“Not the best-played game by us,” coach John Harbaugh said.

The Ravens mishandled a succession of key plays that could have...

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