1. This team can still play defense. When Fabian Washington got absolutely flambéd by Colts wide receiver Pierre Garçon early in the game, every French-speaking Ravens fan was probably mumbling "Mon Dieu" to themselves. It looked like this was going to be one of those 41-7 blowouts. But give the defense a lot of credit. They collapsed the pocket, and defensive coordinator Greg Mattison -- who has taken a lot of heat from fans here and elsewhere -- blitzed Peyton Manning enough times to clearly rattle him. (Quick aside: You will never, ever find a shortage of NFL analysts willing to praise Manning, but it's stunning to me how many of them let him off the hook for the two or three really dumb throws he makes a game. Ed Reed made a nice break on the ball on his interception, but that was a really bad decision by Manning. There is no question the guy is one of the best to ever play the position, but as smart as Manning is at supposedly reading coverage, I'd still take Tom Brady in the clutch. I find it preposterous that so many people pick Manning without hesitation.) Back to the Ravens: Haloti Ngata's presence on run defense was a big help, and even though Ray Lewis didn't have his best game, he was still rallying to the football and it was his punch that caused that goal-line fumble. The defense definitely played well enough to win. Jarret Johnson has developed into a great player. To play this well, without their best pass rusher, after so many uneven games was commendable. 2. Ed Reed tried to lateral on that last play because that's what Ed Reed does. And as great as he is, the head coach needs to pull him aside and tell him to not do it anymore. I'm a big fan of Reed. And I think, for the most part, Ravens fans are probably going to be a little harder on him than they should be Monday morning. Yes, it was a foolish lateral attempt, and maybe the Ravens would have been able to complete two 20-yard passes and kick a miracle field goal had he simply downed the ball. But think about this for a second: Ed Reed has lateraled, or tried to lateral, every time he's had the ball this year. That's obviously something the Ravens teach their defensive players, probably going all the way back through Marvin Lewis, Mike Nolan and Rex Ryan. Rich Eisen even pointed it out on the NFL Network recently, and Drew Magary of Deadspin/Kissing Suzy Kolber pointed it out as well. He is so desperate to turn a big play into a bigger play, he tries to make something extra happen. Which is fine, except when it's not. If the Ravens are going to put him back there to catch a punt in that situation, the special teams coach, or the head coach, really needs to pull him aside before the play and say "Make your moves, but do not pitch the ball." That's the kind of discipline that this team just hasn't had this year. It's a cliche to talk about how little things win football games, but this situation is a great example of why it's also a truism.