Ravens' attention turns toward Colts

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Moments after the Baltimore Ravens finished demolishing the New England Patriots in an AFC wild-card victory, they were already thinking about the next daunting challenge. The Ravens triggered a rematch with four-time MVP quarterback Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts by trampling the AFC East champion Patriots, 33-14, Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

Now, the sixth-seeded Ravens (10-7) will immediately begin preparing for the top-seeded Colts (14-2) as they head into an AFC divisional playoff game at Indianapolis. The Colts edged the Ravens, 17-15, earlier this season during a hotly-contested battle at M&T Bank Stadium.

"We are going to enjoy it, but I know what's next," Pro Bowl free safety Ed Reed said. "I know who's next. I know 18 [Manning] is coming. He's got to know I am watching him, and I know he knows. Here we are."

During the first meeting with the Colts, the Ravens fell short as Manning passed for 299 yards and one touchdown while being intercepted twice by Reed and strong safety Dawan Landry.

Four years ago, the Ravens lost, 15-6, to the Colts during a divisional round playoff game "I will be on film on the plane going home," veteran middle linebacker Ray Lewis said. "I give my team the 24-hour rule, but for myself it's back to work. The journey has been up and down. We are on a great journey right now.

"We know what's going to be coming up next week playing in Indy. We know that he is probably the best quarterback in the last 10 to 20 years."

The last time the Ravens played the Colts in the postseason it stirred emotional memories for Marylanders due to the gut-wrenching relocation of the Colts on a snowy night in March of 1984.

This time, the matchup between one of the NFL's top defenses and the Colts' potent passing game should provide more than enough intrigue.

"We're looking forward to it," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "We can't wait. It will be Saturday night. The Colts game, we'll be here, right on time."

In the first game against Indianapolis, quarterback Joe Flacco was intercepted late in the game by middle linebacker Gary Brackett while looking for running back Ray Rice over the middle. The Ravens were held to five Billy Cundiff field goals with him missing a 30-yard attempt in the third quarter.

Flacco passed for 256 yards on 23 of 35 accuracy, finding wide receiver Derrick Mason nine times for 142 yards and Rice seven times for 64 yards. However, the Ravens couldn't overcome failure in the red zone.

Especially when they were stuffed in the fourth quarter on three consecutive runs after picking up a first down at the Colts' one-yard line.

After Cundiff's fifth field goal staked the Ravens to a 15-14 lead, former Baltimore kicker Matt Stover booted the game-winner against his old team from 25 yards out for the final margin. Reed fumbled on a lateral in the final minutes to give the Colts the football back and allowed them to run out the clock.

Now, the Ravens get another shot.

"We are confident," Mason said. "It all depends on whether we can go down there and duplicate what we did here. That means don't turn the ball over and have no penalties and we will have the opportunity to win the football game."

After intercepting Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady three times and forcing him to fumble for a fourth turnover, the Ravens are about to square off with the masterful passing of Manning.

The NFL MVP passed for 4,500 yards, 33 touchdowns and just 16 interceptions this season for a 99.9 passer rating.

"Next week, we have another challenge," outside linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "We got the two best quarterbacks in the game back to back and we definitely have to bring our ‘A' game."

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