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

January 15, 2012 | Peter Dilutis

Survive and advance.

I’m not writing this to be a homer or to cover up for the mistakes the Ravens made against Houston. The Ravens could have played a better game…there is no doubt about that.

The 49ers could have played better on Saturday against New Orleans. Tom Brady could have played better against Denver. The Packers have gotten off to a sluggish start against the Giants as I write this, and even if they go on to win, they clearly aren’t playing their best football.

None of that matters at this point. The winners move on, and the losers watch the playoffs from their respective couches next week. Period.

This is why the the players lift weights 350 days a year. This is why the coaches put in 20 hour days during the season. This is why fans spend thousands of dollars on tickets and purple gear from September to January.

The playoffs are a whole different animal. We’ve been lucky here in Baltimore to experience the playoffs for a fourth straight season.

Get in the tournament, survive, keep winning, and eventually you’ll find your way to the Super Bowl.

60 minutes stand in the way of the Baltimore Ravens and the Lamar Hunt Trophy.

Nothing else matters. Nothing.

See you in Foxborough.

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3 Comments For This Post

  1. Frank Says:

    Finally!!!!!!!!!!!! A voice of reason!! Every talking head in this town is so caught up on “style points” in the NFL. Where is Drew Brees and the unstoppable offense of N.O.? Where is Aaron Rogers and the unbeatable Packers?

    Winning is all that matters!

  2. sean Says:

    This is the exact text i sent out to all family and friends on yesterday! This is not a beauty pageant! You win and advance GO RAVENS!!!!! Ain’t nobody mad but the folks who’s team is at home!

  3. Cliff Says:

    According to the recent “expert” opinion; There’s only 1 team that is supposed to be in the final 4: New England; Ravens “just a maybe”, 49′ers aren’t, and definitely not the Giants. The days of winning the Super Bowl featuring defense, are gone. The future, including now, will feature QB’s in the style of Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, and Tom Brady with a powerful passing offense leading the way. Yet, 3 of the 4 in the “finals” feature defense. And New England was not severely tested in any way by Denver.

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