The Chuckstrong Colts' playoff debut, the "last ride" of Ray Lewis or the rookie quarterback showdown in the Beltway? Take your pick but Day 2 of Wild Card Weekend comes loaded with compelling story lines.
For anyone who found the opening day to Wild Card Weekend to be uninspiring, the Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens are here to remedy that at 1 p.m. in Charm City. Even if the elimination game in Baltimore turns out to be as uneven as the action in Houston and at Lambeau, the Pagano and Lewis angles will bring enough drama to eventually warrant an NFL Films voiceover of this one.
Although the Ravens are favored at home, the upstart Colts have defied expectations all year long, rallying around Pagano, who was diagnosed with leukemia earlier in the season. With his cancer in remission, Pagano is back on the sideline and back in Baltimore, where he had been the defensive coordinator before taking the head coaching job in Indy.
"We know they're playing for something outside of football, sometimes you live for something outside of football," Ravens cornerback Cary Williams told The Baltimore Sun. "For those guys to be behind him, here's a guy who's going to fight every week. He's dealing with some things and their team wasn't even predicted to be in the playoffs. For those guys to overcome the odds the way their head coach has done it's awesome, but we got to handle our business. Business as usual."
Of course, it won't really be business as usual for the Ravens this week. How could it after Lewis announced that he'll be retiring after the team's playoff run comes to end?
"Everything that starts has an end," the 37-year-old Lewis told reporters earlier in the week. "For me, today, I told my team that this will be my last ride."
In the second game of the day, it's all about beginnings rather than endings. Rookie quarterbacks RG3 and Russell Wilson take center stage at FedEx Field as the Redskins and Seahawks duel it out.
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01/06/2013 8:11 PM EST
Seahawks erase 14-point deficit to defeat Redskins 24-14 in DC. They're moving on to face Atlanta. The RG3 injury makes this loss especially trying for the Redskins.
In the opening game of Wild Card Sunday, the Ravens handled with the Colts without too much trouble and gave Ray Lewis another day to dance in public.
01/06/2013 8:09 PM EST
@ Redskins :
Shanahan: Griffin III is a leader and tried to gut it out today. That's "the type of player that you want" leading your team
01/06/2013 7:33 PM EST
Coaches greet on the field as Seahawks defeat Redskins, 24-14.
01/06/2013 7:32 PM EST
That'll Do It
4th down pass is errant and Seahawks get the ball back with 35 seconds to play. They are one kneel down away from advancing. It's the first road playoff win for this team since 1983.
01/06/2013 7:32 PM EST
@ MikeWiseguy :
After the sting wears off of losing a 14-pt lead, man, what a surreal seven-game run that was. Finally covered a playoff game at FedEx.
01/06/2013 7:31 PM EST
Cousins and the Redskins' offense back on the field with just over a minute to go. First pass is incomplete. 2nd and 10 from their own 20.
01/06/2013 7:30 PM EST
4th and 4
Seahawks not taking FG attempt. Incomplete.
01/06/2013 7:29 PM EST
@ BillHall_III :
When ur a winner u want to be on the field. That's all I'm saying. If ur star player tells u he's good what coach wouldn't let him try???
01/06/2013 7:28 PM EST
@ ReillyRick :
Which rookie had the best game? Maybe Bruce Irvin. A guy who once sold coke, robbed people and did time is now a star. #Seahawks
01/06/2013 7:27 PM EST
Seahawks lead 24-14 and have the ball. Washington is without timeouts and RG3. For Skins fans, it's probably feels even bleaker than that sounds.