The Divisional round truly is the greatest weekend of the year. We saw some interesting games last weekend in the Wild Card, but the teams we truly trust don't play until the second weekend. The four teams with a bye deserved to be there and in large part, they proved that this weekend. Even the Broncos, the only home team to lose, played well enough to win that game, losing in one of the most intriguing games all season.
There will be those that point the finger at Peyton, or Champ, but we should know well enough by now that it can't be just one player, nor is it likely to be either of them. The Ravens defense certainly stepped up in crucial situations. When the Broncos opened up with a punt return for a touchdown, the pressure in facing a player like Peyton can mount. But they recovered to create a turnover and score on a deep ball to Torrey Smith running past Champ. The Ravens showed that they're not going to back down, and it seems that Ray Lewis' proclamation of retirement has galvanized this team into legitimate contenders.