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Now, the Ravens certainly didn’t look like a playoff team against the downtrodden Colts (3-12). Playing as sloppy as the muddy field at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore made it too hard on itself with dropped interceptions on defense and unfinished drives on offense against one of the worst teams in the NFL.
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Baltimore essentially won with marathon drives and Justin Tucker Jerseys Jerseys’s leg. The Ravens’ five drives of at least 10 plays are tied for the most by any team in a game this season and are the most by Baltimore since 2011. The problem was most resulted in field goals by Tucker, who converted from 30, 39 and 36 yards.
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