Flacco: Benching was best for team
The Indianapolis Colts have won five of their last six games. The Ravens have lost four of their last five.
The Colts’ only loss during that stretch was to the Houston Texans, a division foe they defeated in the regular-season finale. The Ravens’ only win during their stretch was vs. the New York Giants, which allowed them to clinch the AFC North and a home playoff game.
“You’d love to go into the playoffs with momentum,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “We talked at great length about that as a football team this past week.”
After two series, he pulled his starters and lost 23-17. Five starters didn't even dress.
“We thought about everything,” he said. “We really did. We took all of it into consideration and we weighed it all out. We felt like we could win the game with the guys we had, and we almost pulled it off. With a little better field position, we would have pulled it off. … We tried to win the game, but some other factors weighed heavier in our minds.”
"Whatever team plays the best in the playoffs is going to win it, so (if) you want to call that getting hot, I'd say it's pretty important," Harbaugh said. "Starting this week, whoever plays the best will be the champion."