Ravens' Ray Rice is tough up the middle

DENVER -- Leading up the AFC divisional playoff game, the talk surrounding Ray Rice was his fumbling in the postseason. In the 38-35 win over the Broncos, Rice didn't just hold onto the ball. He toughed it out with 30 carries, including 24 in between the tackles.

Rice finished with 94 yards and one touchdown in between the tackles, the most against the Broncos this season, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Denver entered this game with an NFL-best 3.52 yards per rush inside the tackles.

This marked the first time in seven playoff games that Rice gained more than 70 yards rushing. Rice, who totaled 131 yards rushing, also became the second player this season to produce 100 yards rushing and a touchdown against Denver. The only player to do so was New England's Stevan Ridley in Week 5, which was Denver's last loss before its 11-game winning streak that ended the regular season.