Colts-Ravens: No Shortage of Storylines

It's going to be the Baltimore Ravens facing the Indianapolis Colts in an AFC divisional playoff game Saturday (8:15 p.m. ET kickoff) at Lucas Oil Stadium. The matchup with the Ravens will feature more than a few storylines for fans of both teams to latch on to.

Indianapolis won a regular-season meeting with the Ravens, posting a 17-15 decision at M&T Bank Stadium on Nov. 22.

Former Baltimore placekicker Matt Stover, whose family still lives in Maryland, booted a 25-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter to give the Colts their final margin of victory. Middle linebacker Gary Brackett's late interception of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco deep in Indianapolis territory sealed the win for the Colts.

Quarterback Peyton Manning completed 22 of 31 passes for 299 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Wide receiver Reggie Wayne had a team-high seven catches for 89 yards.

Wide receiver Pierre Garcon added six receptions for a team-high 108 yards. Tight end Dallas Clark caught a 3-yard scoring pass from Manning while Joseph Addai, who had 74 yards in 19 carries, had a 5-yard scoring run.

The Indianapolis defense allowed 354 total yards to the Ravens as Flacco connected on 23 of 35 passes for 256 yards; his final pass of the game was intercepted. The one-two punch of running backs Ray Rice (20 carries for 71 yards) and Willis McGahee (six carries for 25 yards) had 96 yards in 26 rushing attempts. Baltimore's scoring was limited to five field goals by placekicker Billy Cundiff.

This week's game will be the second postseason meeting between the two teams. Thanks to five Adam Vinatieri field goals, the Colts also posted a 15-6 AFC divisional playoff victory in Baltimore on Jan. 13, 2007 en route to the Super Bowl XLI crown.

Heading the list of storylines for this week's game, however, will be the still-simmering animosity over the Colts' controversial move from Baltimore to Indianapolis prior to the 1984 season.

Also, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is the brother of former Indianapolis quarterback Jim Harbaugh and the brother-in-law of Indiana University men's basketball coach Tom Crean.

Baltimore offensive coordinator Cam Cameron is an Indiana native who went on to play both football and basketball at Indiana University. Cameron, who graduated from Indiana in 1983, served as the Hoosiers' head football coach from 1996 to 2001.

LINEUP WATCH: The Colts are expected to be as healthy as they've been all season heading into the postseason. OTs Charlie Johnson (foot) and Ryan Diem (elbow) have been nursing nagging injuries but both are expected to start against Baltimore this week.

WR Pierre Garcon (hand/knee), who sat out the last couple of regular-season games, is also slated to be back to face the Ravens. DEs Dwight Freeney (abdomen) and Robert Mathis (quad) could very well be as healthy as they've been at any time late in the season.

BY THE NUMBERS: 0 — The Colts recorded 34 sacks during the regular season, led by DEs Dwight Freeney (13.5) and Robert Mathis (9.5). But in the Week 10 meeting with the Ravens, the Colts did not sack Baltimore QB Joe Flacco. Indianapolis needs to exert more pressure from Freeney and Mathis in the second matchup between the two teams.


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