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.
With an AFC North title and a home playoff game next weekend already secured, the Baltimore Ravens treated their regular-season finale at Paul Brown Stadium like a fifth preseason game. The end result -- a 23-17 loss in front of an announced 61,565 on a frigid afternoon -- hardly mattered.
Despite their many differences, the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals can say they share one thing: their approach to Sunday's game at Paul Brown Stadium. The coaches for both teams said their approach to the regular-season finale won't change despite neither team having much at stake.
Defensive coordinator Dean Pees stuck with an aggressive approach, blitzing defenders and using unusual alignments. He lined up safeties James Ihedigbo and Omar Brown as edge pass rushers lined up outside the tackles and shifted outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw to nose guard.
Every week, blogger Matt Vensel breaks down a critical play, sometimes with the help of Ravens players, from that week's game. Today, he looks at Joe Flacco's interception that was returned for a touchdown in the second quarter of Sunday's loss.
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.