Win over Texans wasn’t pretty, but the playoffs aren’t supposed to be

January 15, 2012 | Peter Dilutis

The Baltimore Ravens are 60 minutes away from going to the Super Bowl.

What more can we, as fans, really ask for?

The Ravens just beat a very good Houston Texans team. Yes, T.J. Yates was their third string quarterback, but that is a very tough, physical, good football team that the Ravens defeated today to advance to an AFC Championship date with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick in Foxborough.

Let me repeat that. The Ravens just advanced to the AFC Championship game.

Was it pretty? No. Were there mistakes made? More than we can count.

But this isn’t week three anymore. This isn’t the Browns or Colts or Bengals.

There is no need to develop the offense or defense or special teams to better prepare for the rest of the season. The Ravens do not have to worry about developing an identity or getting any style points.

The Ravens just need to win. And they did just that today.

Just win, baby.

One down, two to go.

Fans that let the boos roll off their tongues today, while a great minority, really displayed a loss of perspective and logic.

This is the playoffs. The team on the other side of the football is a really good team. The Houston Texans were playing on January 15th for a reason.