Baltimore Sun staffers analyze the
Jeff Zrebiec, reporter: The talk after the game will center around
Matt Vensel, reporter/blogger: Inspired by
Edward Lee, reporter: The Ravens sent Ray Lewis out of M&T Bank Stadium on a high note. The defense -- perhaps energized by the return of the 13-time
Aaron Wilson, reporter: Despite two uncharacteristic lost fumbles by
Peter Schmuck, columnist: The Ravens and fans gave Ray Lewis a nice M&T Bank Stadium sendoff, but the game itself wasn't all about Ray. It was about Flacco and Anquan Boldin playing catch all day and Paul Kruger showing why he led the Ravens in sacks during the regular season. The Ravens need to be more efficient in Denver, but they got the postseason off to an uplifting start.
Kevin Cowherd, columnist: On an emotional day for the Ravens, they got great individual performances from a number of players, notably Anquan Boldin and Paul Kruger, to earn a date with the Denver Broncos next weekend. The Ravens coaches spent all week warning their players not to let Ray Lewis' impending retirement distract them from the central task at hand, which was beating the Indianapolis Colts. And the Ravens heeded the warning. No, it wasn't a great all-around game for the Ravens, but it was a solid win, which is all that matters this time of year.
Ron Fritz, sports editor: The Ray Lewis Farewell Tour moves to Denver now, where Peyton Manning, one of the Ravens' toughest opponents, awaits. After seeing how sloppy the Ravens played on offense Sunday — and the way Manning carved up the Ravens' defense in Week 15 — you have to believe the Broncos will be heavy favorites. That might be just the way the Ravens want it.