It's hard to be perfect in the NFL, but the Ravens' special teams may have had that kind of game last Sunday against the Colts.
The Ravens beat the Colts, 24-9, in the AFC Wild Card round, and the special teams helped. Punter Sam Koch and kicker Justin Tucker both had very good games in a number of ways.
Koch bounced back from a shaky effort the previous week against the Bengals to average a solid 43.3 yards per punt on four kicks. He had two touch-backs, one downs inside the 20 and one bounce out of bounds at the Indy 23.
Tucker kicked one field goal, three extra points and all five of his kick-offs were touchbacks, something he's been strong on all season long. But when you look at the number for Tucker and Koch, one stat stands out-- the Colts got a total of zero return yards and didn't help quarterback Andrew Luck or the offense at all.
"It’s kind of hard to improve upon zero," said assistant head coach/special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg when speaking to the media Wednesday. " We’d take that. Justin Tucker did a great job of kicking off. And he hit those balls really well, and they were able to keep their kickoff return team out of the game. And going into it, Sam Koch was bound and determined to make sure their returner did not get any opportunities, and he was able to do that well. So, I give a lot of credit to our specialists. They did a great job.”
The good kicks played a big role in forcing the Colts to start deep in their own territory on every possession where the Ravens didn't turn it over. It gave the defense a boost and is something the Ravens have been consistent with much of the season.
Now, they'll need to do it again Saturday in Denver.