What the Broncos need to do to beat the Ravens

DENVER - The playoffs are finally here for the Denver Broncos as they host the Baltimore Ravens in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Here are the five things to watch for in the upcoming game.

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1. Broncos love some home cooking -

The Broncos have a margin of victory of 20.5 points per game during their six-game home winning streak. They enter the postseason with an 18-16 all-time record and an 8-4 record in Divisional Playoff games, including a 7-2 mark at home.

2. Broncos must get off to a quick start -

Forgive me for stating the obvious, but it is extremely important for the Broncos to get off to a quick start. The Broncos outscored the Ravens 17-0 in the first half of their first matchup earlier this season.

Most importantly, Denver's defense held the Ravens offense without a first down until the middle of the second quarter. The Broncos also forced a turnover on the Ravens first drive.

3. The Broncos tag-team tandems on offense and defense -

Denver comes into the game with a dynamic duo on both sides of the ball.

Wide receivers Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas have combined for 179 catches, 2,498 yards and hauled in 23 touchdowns this season.

On the opposite end, Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil and linebacker Von Miller finished the season as the most prolific sack tandem in the league with 29.5 sacks.

4. Denver must stop Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce -

The Baltimore Ravens will look to control the clock behind the rushing attack of Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce. Last week against the Indianapolis Colts, the two rushed for a combined 171 yards and a touchdown.

The Broncos held the Ravens to 56 rushing yards in their first game.

5. Trindon Holliday's perfect season bid -

Despite the Broncos 13-3 record in the regular season, punt returner Trindon Holliday could have a perfect season if the Broncos could win the Super Bowl.

Holliday was a member of the Houston Texans when they got off to a 5-0 before he was cut from the team. He joined the Broncos as they began their current 11-0 winning-streak.

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