Ravens' tight ends step up in Denver

DENVER -- Joe Flacco's memorable throws went to wide receivers on Saturday. He threw touchdown passes of 59 and 32 yards to Torrey Smith and hit Jacoby Jones for a 70-yard score.

The Ravens' tight ends played a strong supporting role in the AFC divisional playoff win. Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson combined for six catches for 84 yards Saturday.

When targeting his tight ends, Flacco was 6-of-9 for 84 yards and recorded five first downs. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Flacco threw for first downs on 5 of 9 targets to Pitta or Dickson (55.6 percent), while all other receivers converted 9 of 25 targets (36 percent).

The Ravens were taking advantage of Denver's season-long weakness. The Broncos defense allowed 50 first downs by tight ends during the regular season. Only the Redskins (60) and Saints (53) allowed more.