Every week, blogger Matt Vensel breaks down a critical play, sometimes with the help of
When the Ravens needed a big play and a little bit of breathing room in the third quarter of the wild-card win, quarterback Joe Flacco again turned to his sure-handed tight end as they neared the opponent's goal line.
On their second drive of the second half, the Ravens, with 46 yards coming on a long completion to wide receiver
The Ravens put three wide receivers on the field, with
After the snap, the outside receivers, Jones and Smith, ran straight down the field before hitting the brakes and drifting towards the sidelines. Pitta ran right across the formation as Boldin ran a post behind him.
The Colts generated quick pressure with their front four.
"There was pressure up the middle on Joe, someone came up on a stunt and flushed him out a little bit," Pitta said. "That kind of took him right to where my route was going. Joe did a great job of putting it on me."
The Colts were in man coverage with safety
The touchdown, Pitta's sixth in the past nine games, gave the Ravens a 17-6 lead and the separation they couldn't achieve in the first half. From there they rolled to a 24-9 win and advanced to the divisional round.
On Monday, Ravens head coach
"He's got great hands. He's got a knack for catching and getting up field. He's done a better job more than anything of making plays on his feet after he catches the ball," Harbaugh said. "Maybe that's something we didn't see earlier in the year. He'd catch it, and he wouldn't be able to keep his feet sometimes, but it seems like he has been able to maintain that balance and get yards after the catch. It's led to a lot of production."