During his weekly press conference, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was asked Tuesday about the differences in preparing for the playoffs and the regular season.

Manning said that, in his mind, there shouldn't be any differences. The Broncos host Baltimore on Saturday in a 2:30 p.m. AFC division-round game.

"Playing in the postseason, obviously it's an elimination game," Manning said. "(But) I had an old coach who used to say, 'If you have to do something different in the postseason to get ready to play, that probably means you haven't been doing the right things in the regular season.'

"I've always tried to prepare every week as if it was a playoff game. That's your job, I think, as an NFL player. That's your mindset to do the same things. We're playing an excellent opponent. You have to study hard. You certainly know what the stakes are, but you have to go out and play like you've been practicing all season. I think that's the key — who can do that best."

Manning said the Ravens defense always poses a challenge.

"Baltimore has great players and they have great coaches," Manning said. "That's a great combination. They can give you multiple looks. They can give you every blitz in the book, or they can be vanilla. Either way, they can be excellent because they have such good players.

"They have special players in different spots, in the D-line, linebacker and Ed Reed, I've gone on record as saying, is the best safety of this decade, in my opinion, he and (Troy) Polamalu (of Pittsburgh). It's always a challenge to play against them."

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