Ravens rookie Courtney Upshaw battled minor conditioning issues, a nagging shoulder injury and command of the playbook but he's become a reliable run stopper and a potential long-term replacement for Jarret Johnson. He has started 10 games and made 55 tackles for the Ravens who play the Denver Broncos on Saturday in an AFC divisional playoff game.
The playoff game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Indianapolis Colts did monster numbers locally, but wound up finishing third for the week nationally among all telecasts with an audience of 29.6 million.
Every Monday, the day after our favorite day of the week but still hours before that week's slate of games officially wraps up with "Monday Night Football," Matt Vensel will bring you his weekly premature NFL power rankings. Why Monday? Because who wants to wait until Tuesday or Wednesday for power rankings?
Every morning, Monday through Friday, blogger Matt Vensel will hook you up with reading material -- mostly on the Ravens but with some other Baltimore sports stuff, too -- to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday.
Seventeen years of experience was on display Sunday during Lewis' emotionally-charged final game at M&T Bank Stadium. Lewis recorded a game-high 13 tackles in a 24-9 AFC wild-card victory over the Indianapolis Colts and will join his teammates in Denver for Saturday's divisional game against the Broncos.
Ravens' Anquan Boldin was involved early and often in the second half, catching all five passes Joe Flacco threw his way while establishing a new franchise single-game playoff record with 145 receiving yards.