Strategy: Offensive coordinator
Personnel: Ellerbe's return provided a boost to the defense.
What went right: Flacco was decisive and accurate, delivering the football with confidence and timing. He was 7-for-7 throwing to
What went wrong:
Turning point: Rice sprinted away from overmatched linebacker
X-factor: Torrey Smith's speed sets him apart, but his improved body control and hands are what allowed him to break out of a mini-slump. He had a slick one-handed sideline catch. Defenses will have to account for the former Maryland standout during the playoffs.
Strategy: Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden loves to have
Personnel: Gritty left tackle
What went right: Green and Dalton built a good rhythm. Jones provided a shifty change of pace downfield. The defensive line got a lot of push, shooting gaps. The secondary prevented
What went wrong: Dalton held the football too long, resulting in some coverage sacks. He didn't always make good decisions on when to give up on a play. He was intercepted twice by
X-factor: Dalton performed some of his best work in clutch moments. Shaky earlier in the game, Dalton completed nine of 13 passes for 107 yards in the fourth quarter with one interception. He connected with Green for five completions for 78 yards in the final quarter.