Ravens fall 23-17, will host Colts in wild card match-up

The Ravens won’t have to wait on the Patriots’ result to see who they’ll play during wild card weekend.

By virtue of Baltimore’s 23-17 loss to the Bengals, the 10-6 Ravens will host Andrew Luck and the Colts, who beat the Texans on Sunday to finish 11-5.

Indianapolis won five of its final six games while the Ravens dropped four of their last five.

The latest defeat for the Ravens was more or less a throwaway, as Joe Flacco, Ray Rice and the majority of the starters played just the first few series or didn’t suit up at all.

Backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor had a nice day, going 15-for-25 for 149 yards and an interception while running for another 65 yards.

Rookie running back Bernard Pierce had a second straight strong performance, rushing for 89 yards. Tight end Ed Dickson caught six passes for 64 yards.

Baltimore outgained Cincinnati 352-189, marking the second consecutive week the team allowed fewer than 200 yards. But the Bengals managed to put the game away on Carlos Dunlap’s interception return for a touchdown with 6:13 remaining.

The Ravens put a premium on keeping their key guys healthy for when the games really start to count and a hot Colts team stands in the way when the playoffs begin next week.