Ravens win 13-10 – Play for AFC title next Sunday

January 10, 2009 | Drew Forrester

They might not have enough bodies to field a team for next Sunday’s AFC title game, but right now, that doesn’t really matter.

Today’s win in Tennessee was one for the ages.

The Ravens are now just one win away from returning to the Super Bowl after a 13-10 win at LP Field this afternoon, sending the Titans home after one hour of smash-mouth football that left both teams beaten, bloodied and battered.  Matt Stover kicked a 43-yard field goal with 53 seconds to play to cap off a 9-play drive that included a crucial Joe Flacco-to-Todd Heap 23-yard completion to help set up Stover’s game-winning boot.  

Baltimore lost Terrell Suggs (shoulder) and Samari Rolle (groin) to injuries and Le’Ron McClain and Willie Anderson both missed time during the game due to injury as well.  Everyone will remember this game for a long time.  It was that punishing.

The Titans missed their best running back, Chris Johnson, who sat out the last two and a half quarters with an ankle sprain.  That injury forced Tennessee to go mainly to the air – and even though Kerry Collins was reliable and effective throughout most of the afternoon, he couldn’t do it by himself.  

The Ravens lost virtually every battle, but somehow won the game.

That’s what good teams do.  

Baltimore couldn’t run the ball, and they couldn’t throw the ball.

But they still won.

And if they win next week, they’re going to Tampa at the end of the month to play for the Lombardi Trophy.

Back with more later.  I’m heading down to the locker room to hear what everyone has to say about this one.