As he does each week, Baltimore Sun reporter Childs Walker shares his five biggest takeaways from the Ravens' 30-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC wild-card round at Heinz Field on Saturday.
This should come as a surprise to no one, but if the Ravens are still standing after Saturday night's playoff matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field, it will be because Joe Flacco is still one of the best clutch quarterbacks in the NFL.
To a core group of Ravens, it's almost expected that they'll play two or three playoff games every year. But as they prepare to play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday night in the AFC wild-card round at Heinz Field, other veterans joining them this postseason haven't been so fortunate.
The New York Jets have put in a formal request to interview highly regarded Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta for their general manager vacancy, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
The only thing that matters to the Ravens (10-6) is that they'll get another opportunity to overcome their struggles Saturday night, when they face the third-seeded and AFC North champion Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5) at Heinz Field in the AFC wild-card round.
Insurance and real estate firms are scrambling to prepare for the expiration of a federal terrorism insurance program at the end of the month that supporters say is critical for construction projects and large buildings, such as utilities and sports stadiums.
Many of us who love sports (and I'll assume if you reading this you have more than a passing interest) came to our passion because of the nurturing interest of a parent, sibling, relative, friend or coach.
Ray Rice's seven-year association with Baltimore won't really be over until another team signs him, but arbitrator Barbara S. Jones reinstated Rice on Friday after he missed 12 weeks of the 2014 season. Rice was suspended indefinitely by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Sept. 15.
Steve Smith's 14th NFL season has been eye-opening for the 35-year-old, given that the Panthers organization was all he had ever known. But each game seems to bring Smith flashbacks to an earlier phase of his career, and that's the case again as the Ravens (7-4) prepare to face the Chargers (7-4) on Sunday in a key game at M&T Bank Stadium.
Admittedly, it was tough to watch the Ravens get undressed on national television Sunday night, but that ugly loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers -- much of it self-administered -- was not a symptom of some irreparable flaw in the team or the organization.
If you are to believe the words of Ravens players this past week, avenging a rare home loss to the Bengals seven weeks ago is the furthest thing from their minds. Yet, no Ravens player made even the slightest effort to diminish the magnitude of Sunday afternoon's game against the Bengals.
Heading into Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Ravens have emerged as the top-ranked red-zone defense in the NFL, allowing opponents to score touchdowns on just 36.4 percent (8 of 22) of their possessions inside the Ravens' 20-yard line.