Before I get to all the quotes and reactions to the Ravens' 20-13 win over the Texans, I wanted to pass along some quick notes on safety Ed Reed and linebacker Ray Lewis.
Ravens fans might have been concerned watching Reed limp off the field in pain after helping to bat down the Texans' Hail Mary attempt with less than a minute left in the fourth quarter. But Reed said after the game that he just rolled his ankle and will be OK.
X-rays on Reed's ankle were negative.
"I'll be all right," the Pro Bowl safety said. "I'll get treatment and I'll be ready to go. I rolled my ankle, pinched it real bad or what-not. I was able to walk off at the end, once it was all said and done, (and) go talk to Andre (Johnson) and those guys."
Reed also had to get medical attention in the first half, when he landed awkwardly after nearly intercepting Texans quarterback T.J. Yates. Reed has battled a shoulder injury this season, but he said it wasn't the shoulder which was acting up on him at that time.
"I came down on something else," Reed said. "My shoulder actually held up, which I knew I was, just hitting guys today. Better tackling game than I had in the last couple games. Been getting a little criticism on that, but it comes with the territory."
In other injury news, defensive tackle Art Jones left the game with a leg injury and did not return. He said he expects to be fine. Linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, who was questionable for today's game with a quad injury, made it through the game and will be examined to see whether he suffered any further injury.
Meanwhile, with the Ravens set to go up to New England for the AFC championship game next weekend, there's a chance that Ray Lewis has played his last game at M&T Bank Stadium.
Asked whether he's considering retiring after this season, Lewis says he hasn't given it any thought.
"Football is too fun for me, man," Lewis said. "I love it too much to ever even put that thought in my head and disrespect not just me and my craft, but disrespect my team. I just never thought of it. Whenever God says time is enough, then it's enough. But when you're having the fun that I'm having, and you're playing at the level I'm playing at, do it until you can't do it no more."
One other retirement note: CBS' Charley Casserly reported before the game that center Matt Birk will retire at the conclusion of this season. Birk disputed that report after the game.
"I haven't made that decision yet, and I don't know Charley Casserly," Birk said. "I don't even know who he is. I don't know him, he didn't talk to me, and that's all I can say."