ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The AFC's top-seeded Denver Broncos (13-3) look to begin a playoff run as they host the No. 4 seed Baltimore Ravens at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Saturday. Below is a look inside the numbers of the team's Divisional Round game.
- The two teams faced off roughly one month ago, with the Broncos earning a 34-17 Week 15 win at M&T Bank Stadium.
- The teams have only played in the postseason once, a Wild Card game in 2000 in which Baltimore defeated Denver 21-3.
- In the all-time series, the Ravens hold a 5-4 advantage.
- When hosting the Ravens, Denver holds a 3-1 advantage.
NOTABLE BRONCOS PERFORMANCES VS. BALTIMORE
- Defensive ends
Elvis Dumervil, Robert Ayersand Derek Wolfeeach sacked Joe Flacco in the clubs' Week 15 matchup.
Eric Deckerled the team with 133 yards and a touchdown on eight catches when the teams faced off in December.
Chris Harrisprovided a huge momentum swing near the end of the first half of that game with a 98-yard interception return for a touchdown, which represented the longest pick-six in team history.
- Running back
Knowshon Morenopaced the Broncos offense with 118 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries on Dec. 16 at Baltimore.
- For linebacker
Keith Brooking, his two-sack performance against Baltimore in 1999 still stands as his career high.
Champ Baileyowns two interceptions, eight passes defensed and a forced fumble in four wins and two losses against the Ravens.
Peyton Manningis 9-0 in his last nine games against the Ravens. He hasn't lost to the team since 2001. In that streak, he has topped a passer rating of 90 six times, with 15 touchdowns and six interceptions.
HOW THEY MATCH UP
- The Broncos are the only team in the NFL that finished the regular season ranked in the top five in total offense and total defense.
- They ranked fourth in offense (397.9 yards per game) and second in defense (290.8 yards per game).
- Denver also scored 30.1 points per game (2nd) and allowed only 18.1 points per game (4th).
- The Ravens ranked 10th in scoring offense with 24.9 points per game and T-12th in scoring defense, surrendering 21.5 points per game.
- Offensively, the Broncos ranked sixth in yards per play (5.8), while Baltimore was 25th at 5.4 yards per play.
- Each team threw 11 interceptions in 2012.
- The Broncos lost 14 fumbles on the year while the Ravens lost five.
- The Broncos passed for nearly 50 more yards per game than the Ravens (283.4 - 233.7) during the regular season.
- Denver holds the edge in third down offense (45.1%, 3rd) and red zone offense (59.1%, 7th), as the Ravens ranked outside the top 10 in both of those categories.
- The Ravens hold the advantage in total giveaways. They tied for the second fewest in the league in 2012 with 16 and tied for eighth with a +9 turnover differential, while the Broncos turned the ball over 25 times and finished with a -1 turnover differential.
- Defensively, the Broncos not only ranked second in the league in total defense but also finished first in yards per play (4.58).
- The Ravens defense allowed 60.1 more yards per game than the Broncos.
- Baltimore allowed its opponents to rush for 122.8 yards per game, 20th in the league, while the Denver defense ranked third in the league allowing 91.1 rushing yards per game.
- Both teams stand out in third-down defense, as the Broncos led the NFL (30.6%) and the Ravens finished seventh (35.8%).
- The Ravens were stout in the red zone, finishing second in the league (43.4%) while the Broncos ranked 28th (58.5%).
- If the Broncos beat the Ravens on Saturday, they will become the fifth team in NFL history to win their final 11 regular-season games in addition to winning at least one playoff game.
- With 16 pass attempts and seven completions on Saturday, Manning will tie Joe Montana (734 attempts, 460 completions) for the third-most all-time in the postseason in both categories.
- With a touchdown pass, Manning will have 30 career TD passes in the postseason and will tie Terry Bradshaw for the sixth-most all-time in that category.
- Wide receiver
Demaryius Thomashas 10 catches and 297 yards in his postseason career. He is four receptions shy of capturing tenth place for the most postseason receptions in franchise history.
- Thomas also needs 18 receiving yards to capture eighth place in postseason receiving yards in team history.
- Defensive tackle
Justin Bannanplayed in 63 games and started 19 contests for Baltimore from 2006-2009.
Jim Leonhardspent the 2008 season as a Raven, finishing the year with 85 tackles, a sack and a pick-six.
Brandon Stokleyplayed for the Ravens for four years from 1999-2002 and was a part of the Super Bowl XXV championship.
- Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio coached Baltimore's linebackers for three years (1999-2001) and won a title with the club in 2000.