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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — As a reward for going 12-4 and winning the AFC North, the Baltimore Ravens got to watch football over the weekend instead of playing it. It was a luxury they did not take for granted.
In each of the previous three years, the Ravens reached the playoffs as a wild card team and had to play on the road during the opening weekend of the postseason.
This season, Baltimore earned a bye during wild card weekend by defeating the Cincinnati Bengals 24-16 on Jan. 1 to earn the AFC North title in a tiebreaker over the Pittsburgh Steelers, who also went 12-4 but lost twice to the Ravens.
So, while the Steelers lost at Denver, the Ravens kicked back and watched the show. And now, Baltimore is rested and healthy heading into Sunday’s matchup at home against the Houston Texans (11-6).
“We did what we had to do to get that first-week bye,” Ravens defensive end Cory Redding said.
Giants get their wish: another crack at Rodgers
And this time it might be a fair fight.
The last time the Giants (10-7) faced the Packers, Rodgers shredded the defense for 449 yards and four touchdowns, winning the game with a 68-yard drive in the final minute to set up a 31-yard field goal in a 38-35 decision.
That’s ancient history. The Giants‘ defense has come light years in five weeks. The front four is dominating, led by All-Pro Jason Pierre-Paul, with Justin Tuck finally healthy, and Osi Umenyiora recovered from an ankle injury.
The secondary is covering receivers and opponents are being stuffed on the run. It’s shutdown football, as was evident Sunday in a 24-2 win over the Atlanta Falcons in an NFC wild card game at MetLife Stadium.
That set up the rematch with the Packers (15-1) at Lambeau Field on Sunday.
“We wanted to see them again, but we realized in seeing them again it would be in a playoff game like this, so obviously we wanted to see them again,” Tuck said Monday. “But yeah, we felt like we let one slip through our hands.”
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