There is going to be a lot of emotion on Sunday afternoon in the AFC Wild Card Game as the No. 4 seed Baltimore Ravens host the No. 5 seed Indianapolis Colts at 1 p.m. Eastern on CBS. This game will mean the world to the Ravens with Ray Lewis retiring after the season and Baltimore will come out with a certain amount of emotion just because of that. This game has a lot of storylines to it as well which will make this a great game to watch.
Lewis should return from his injury this week and that will give a boost to the Baltimore defense that could use it. Indianapolis has bounced all the way from having the No. 1 pick in last year’s National Football League draft to this playoff game behind the inspiration of their coach Chuck Pagano. Each team will be at the top of their games for those very reasons and will bring a hard-hitting, tough-nosed football game.
I don’t see any way that Baltimore allows the final game for Lewis to be this one and while Indianapolis has been great all year long, it is just going to be too much in this playoff game. I’ll take Baltimore to get a 20-10 victory to extend the career of Lewis for at least another week. The Colts should be proud of what they have done all season long and getting to the playoffs is a major step for this team after how bad they were last season. This is going to be a celebration for Lewis though and will lead Baltimore to victory.
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