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AFC division playoff: Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos

The Ravens’ Anquan Boldin, left, makes one of his 35 postseason catches vs. Colts cornerback Cassius Vaughn.

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The Ravens’ Anquan Boldin, left, makes one of his 35 postseason catches vs. Colts cornerback Cassius Vaughn.

AFC: Ravens (11-6) at Broncos (13-3)

Regular-season matchups don't always forecast the outcomes of playoff games. But the Broncos were so dominant in beating the Ravens 34-17 on Dec. 16 in Baltimore, it can't be ignored. The Broncos, behind a strong rushing game and impressive defense, led 31-3 entering the fourth quarter.

Time: 4:30 p.m. today TV/radio: Ch. 10; 98.7-FM

Coaches: Broncos — John Fox (21-11, 1-1 in playoffs at Denver; 94-82, 6-4 overall); Ravens — John Harbaugh (54-26, 6-4 playoffs)

Stat pack

Breaking it down

Ravens game-breaker: In eight career playoff games, Anquan Boldin has 35 catches for 571 yards, including 145 in last weekend's win over the Colts.

Broncos game-breaker: Sure, defensive end Von Miller has 181/2 sacks. But don't overlook his six forced fumbles; that's the kind of play that changes a game. Miller also had a 26-yard interception return for a touchdown off the Bucs' Josh Freeman.

Why the Ravens will win: Their defense is strong in the middle of the field, where the Broncos' Peyton Manning prefers to throw. With safety Ed Reed lurking deep and aging but instinctive Ray Lewis at middle linebacker, the Ravens are formidable.

Why the Broncos will win: We know Denver's offense will make plays, but its defense has been getting the job done as well. It could get the better of quarterback Joe Flacco and running back Ray Rice.

Look out for: The Broncos' Eric Decker had eight receptions for 133 yards in the Week 15 win at Baltimore.

Prediction

Broncos 30, Ravens 23

Stephen F. Holder, Times staff writer

Rushing yards

passing yards

total yards

Rushing yards allowed

passing yards allowed

total yards allowed

ravens

broncos

118.8 (11th)

114.5 (16th)

233.7 (15th)

283.4 (5th)

352.5 (16th)

397.9 (4th)

350.9 (17th)

290.7 (2nd)

228.1 (17th)

199.6 (3rd)

122.8 (20th)

91.1 (3rd)

AFC division playoff: Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos 01/11/13 [Last modified: Friday, January 11, 2013 10:36pm]
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