Its been a shaky couple of weeks for the Baltimore Ravens, but hosting the reigning Super Bowl champions is all it took to get back on the path to the playoffs.
The Ravens celebrated the end of their three-game losing streak, their second consecutive AFC North crown and the right to host a first-round playoff game after defeating the New York Giants, 33-14.
Shooting the game for Getty Images, in front of an announced 71,470, the second-biggest crowd in M&T Bank Stadium history, the Ravens came out firing on all cylinders. Their first touchdown from Torrey Smith not only gave the Ravens the first strike, but also had me feeling confident about my take.
Smith slam-dunked the ball through the goal post and then hung on long enough to guarantee a technical foul if he was a basketball superstar.
Much to my displeasure, I only got off a couple frames before my lens decided to stop focusing all together. That's another story in itself, but let's say I learned to manual focus quickly the rest of the game.
Its been a fun regular season and I'm looking forward to the playoffs.
Happy holidays, everyone.