PASSING OFFENSE: B-plus
QB Peyton Manning completed 30-of-44 passes for 246 yards, two touchdowns and had one pass intercepted. He narrowly missed having a second throw picked off, but the play was nullified by a penalty on Baltimore. He was sacked twice in the game and was hurried seven times. WR Reggie Wayne had eight catches for 63 yards and a touchdown. TE Dallas Clark added seven receptions for 59 yards. WR Austin Collie had four catches for 52 yards and a TD.
RUSHING OFFENSE: C-minus
The Colts' ground game struggled to get much going against the Ravens. Indianapolis was limited to 42 yards in 25 carries, averaging a meager 1.7 yards per rushing attempt. RB Joseph Addai had 23 yards in 11 carries. RB Mike Hart added 11 yards in six rushes. RB Donald Brown had 10 yards in six carries. The Colts' rushing attack remains very much a work in progress.
PASS DEFENSE: B-plus
Baltimore QB Joe Flacco completed 20-of-35 passes for 189 yards, was sacked once and was intercepted twice. He was also hurried three times. S Antoine Bethea and rookie CB Jerraud Powers had interceptions. Bethea narrowly missed an interception on the Ravens' opening possession of the game. WR Derrick Mason had four catches for 64 yards. TE Todd Heap added four receptions for 35 yards. RB Ray Rice hauled in nine passes for 60 yards.
RUSH DEFENSE: B-plus
Indianapolis limited hard-running Ray Rice to 67 yards in 13 carries. RB Willis McGahee added seven yards in two carries. As a team, the Ravens had 87 yards in 19 total rushing attempts. While Baltimore averaged 4.6 yards per carry and Rice had a 20-yard run, the Colts defense held up for most of the night.
SPECIAL TEAMS: B
Throw out a long kickoff return by Baltimore early in the game, a play that was wiped out by a holding penalty on the Ravens, and the Colts ended up doing a pretty good job on kickoff and punt coverage. Baltimore averaged 18.8 yards on four kickoff returns and 0.0 yards on two punt returns. P Pat McAfee averaged 42.5 yards net and 45.8 yards overall on four punts. KR Chad Simpson averaged 14 yards on one kickoff return. PR T.J. Rushing had four punt returns for an average of 7.3 yards. PK Matt Stover connected on two field goals, hitting from 44 and 33 yards out.
Jim Caldwell took a lot of grief for sitting his players out for most of the team's final two regular-season games, which resulted in losses to the Jets and Bills. But he remained steadfast in his conviction that resting players and getting people healthy for the postseason was of the utmost importance. The time that the Colts took resting players proved, at least in the win over the Ravens, to have been a smart move. Indianapolis looked refreshed and the defense appeared to be quicker than usual.
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