Playoff breakdown: Ravens-Colts
"We've played the No. 1 seed on the road before, we understand what it takes to go in there and [win]," said Ravens quarterback
With Flacco under center as a rookie last season, the Ravens won two playoff road games (they also defeated Miami in the wild-card round), but the indoor Lucas Oil Stadium could present a more difficult test. "It's going to take going on the road in Indy, a pretty loud place, [and] a place where the fans are going to be into it," Flacco said. "Those guys are going to be ready to play. They're going to come out of the blocks fast. That's what kind of team they are, and we're going to go in there and we're going to have to control that and use it to our advantage. So, I think we have learned how to do that from a certain point."
The Colts used their bye week not only to get healthy but also to sharpen their skills for what they expect to be a run of three games. They'll also have to start quickly against a Baltimore team that jumped on New England from the opening minutes and never stopped. Head coach
Even before the earthquake, Garcon had been active in aiding the impoverished nation. He started the program "Pierre Garcon Helping Hands Foundation" and had planned an April trip to Haiti to help many of the country's impoverished children. That trip is now in jeopardy. "It's hard, not knowing what's going to happen," he said. "It will be hard [for the country] to come [back] from this. The rebuilding process is going to take forever."
"It seems like he can [play quarterback] in his sleep. He makes everything go. He is calling plays and the protection at the line of scrimmage. It's tough. You have to throw a couple of things at him that he may have not seen before, get some hits on him, just rattle him a little bit. It's kind of the same thing with
The Colts have come too far and accomplished too much to lose this game. Manning won his unprecedented fourth league MVP. Caldwell became the only rookie head coach in history to win his first 14 games in a season, and the second rookie head coach to go 14-2 since the league moved to a 16-game schedule since 1978. I think the criticism the Colts faced for benching starters and losing a chance for a perfect season will be just one more motivator for them. The Ravens will play the Colts tough -- they usually do. But just as Corleone was at the end of the Godfather trilogy -- haunted, confused and angry -- the Ravens will be, too.