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CAPSULE

* The line: Baltimore by 3.

* Story line: The Ravens escaped a five-game span without a touchdown and finished strong, winning their last seven games, the top current streak in NFL. The Broncos have won seven consecutive playoff games and look to become the second club in NFL history with eight postseason wins in a row (Green Bay, nine, 1961-62, ’65-67).

* Keys to the game: Strength vs. strength: Denver rookie RB Mike Anderson has made life miserable for defenses behind Denver’s plowhorse offensive line. Conversely, the Ravens haven’t allowed a 100-yard rusher in 33 games. Weakness vs. weakness: Trent Dilfer completed one pass to a wide receiver in last Sunday’s victory over the New York Jets. While the Broncos’ pass coverage is suspect, Dilfer has a habit of throwing touchdown passes to the other team throughout his career. If the Ravens’ passing game becomes a non-factor, Denver can key on stopping RB Jamal Lewis with his former Tennessee teammate, LB Al Wilson.

* Injury report: DEN--QB Brian Griese (shoulder, questionable). BAL--QB Tony Banks (shoulder, questionable).

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THE MATCHUPS DEN BAL Points scored 30.3 (2) 20.8 (14) Points allowed 23.1 (23) 10.3 (1) Passing Off. 265.2 (3) 175.9 (22) Rushing Off. 145.3 (2) 137.4 (5) Passing Def. 246.6 (31) 187.3 (8) Rushing Def. 99.9 (7) 60.6 (1) Time of Poss. 33:15 (3) 33:19 (2) Turnover Ratio +19 (2) +23 (1) Red Zone TD% 55.9 (7) 40.0 (26) 3rd Down Con. 44.5 (4) 40.3 (11) Opp. 3rd Down 34.6 (6) 34.1 (5) 3 & Out 12.8 (1) 21.5 (13) Opp. 3 & Out 21.9 (18) 28.4 (5) Sacks 44 (T9) 35 (22) Sacks Allowed 30 (8) 43 (T19)

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--Capsule by ROY JURGENS

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* Robyn Norwood’s pick: Baltimore. Another home team wins on wild-card weekend.


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