Deji Karim

Film Study: Looking back at the Ravens' loss and Colts' win in Week 17

Bengals 23, Ravens 17

Strategy: Believing that upgraded health in the postseason trumps building momentum, the Ravens rested injured players and key starters. And it worked as there were no serious injuries. The offense was run differently to accommodate the multi-dimensional skills of backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor, an excellent scrambler. The AFC North champions evaluated younger receivers Deonte Thompson and David Reed and rookie lineman Gino Gradkowski, the Ravens' future center. While Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, Marshal Yanda and Anquan Boldin watched from the sideline, the defense held out Terrell Suggs, Haloti Ngata, Bernard Pollard, Ray Lewis and...