Colts, Ravens have a deep familiarity with one another
Jacoby Jones won't forget his experience in last year's playoff game although he'd probably like to. He was playing with Houston and muffed a punt that helped the Ravens score and eventually beat the Texans in the second round of post-season play.
Houston later released him, which turned out to be a very good break for the Ravens, who picked up Jones. He's been a big help for the Ravens this season, earning a spot in the Pro Bowl as a kick returner and helping the Ravens make the playoffs for a fifth straight year.
The playoffs begin again on Sunday when the Ravens host the Colts in an AFC Wild Card match-up, but Baltimore's coaches aren't worried about Jones having a performance like last year's.
“Jacoby has handled all the return duties this year very well. He was elected by his peers – and by the public for that matter – as the best returner in the league this year in the AFC," said assistant head coach/special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg. "And I fully expect he’ll play great on Sunday – I really do. I think he’ll have a great game. I’m excited to watch him play.”
Jones returned a total of three kicks/punts for touchdowns this season, something that took pressure off a Ravens' offense that struggled at times. They'll also be able to use that help against the Colts in a game that could have some points scored.
During the 2011 season, Jones got a lot of criticism in Houston, and his asked-for release from the Texans turned out for the best. Now, if the can cap off a good 2012 with a solid effort in the playoffs, it will probably help Jones forget about all the troubles in last year's playoffs.