Ravens move closer to playoff berth after win over Colts


Much of this has been due to the inconsistency that Joe Flacco has had throwing the ball, but Maclin has played a significant factor in that as well.

The 29-year-old in his first year with the Ravens has struggled to provide consistent production in the passing game making 40 receptions on 72 targets for 440 receiving yards with three touchdowns.

The Ravens (9-6) scored on their first two possessions and held off the skidding Colts (3-12) in a windy, rain-soaked second half. The win for the Ravens edges them closer to a playoff berth, while the Colts have no hopes when it comes to the playoffs. They were blown out by the Patriots, 41-7, and lost the following week to the Cincinnati Bengals to miss the playoffs for the first time in John Harbaugh's six seasons.

That's bad news for Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who has been sacked 49 times in 2017.

Vinatieri's 30-yard field goal pulled the Colts to within 23-16 with 4:33 left in the game.

Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri kept his team in the game with 48- and 38-yard field goals and Indianapolis trailed just 16-13 with 1:34 left in the third quarter.

The Minnesota Vikings play at the Green Bay Packers at 8:30 tonight in NFC North action.

A stop by the Ravens defense followed by another score could have gone a long way toward putting the Colts away. Hilton also got free for a 21-yard reception. A 17-yard sack pushed the Ravens back before they picked up enough on the next two downs for Tucker to convert from 39 yards.

The Vikings defense is second in the National Football League in allowing opponents 283.9 yards per game and second in allowing 17.3 points per game. The Ravens defeated the Colts 23-16.