Ravens shock Broncos in double OT
|01.12.13 at 9:09 pm ET|
Peyton Manning threw an interception at the end of the first overtime and Ravens kicker Justin Tucker drilled a 47-yarder 1:42 into the second overtime to lift Baltimore to a remarkable 38-35 win over the Broncos in an AFC divisional playoff matchup Saturday afternoon in Denver.
With the victory, the Ravens will advance to the AFC championship game, and will face the winner of Sunday’s Patriots-Texans game.
The Broncos appeared to have the game wrapped up at the end of regulation, but Baltimore shocked the Denver crowd with an impressive fourth-quarter drive that ended when Joe Flacco connected with Jacoby Jones with less than a minute to go to tie the game at 35. That set the stage for a scoreless first overtime, but a Manning pick in Denver territory opened the door for the Ravens, who celebrated after Tucker’s kick was good from 47 yards.
Flacco was 18-for-34 for 331 yards and three touchdowns in the win, and Ravens running back Ray Rice added 131 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries. In addition, wide receiver Torrey Smith had three catches for 98 yards and a pair of touchdowns. On the other side of the ball, Manning threw three touchdowns, but the late interception was a killer for the Broncos, who were the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoff picture, but will now watch the rest of the postseason from the sidelines.
Manning, who found Demaryius Thomas, Brandon Stokley and Knowshon Moreno for touchdown passes, ended up going 28-for-43 for 290 yards with three touchdowns and two picks in the loss. Denver also big performances from Ronnie Hillman (22 carries, 83 yards), Eric Decker (six catches, 84 yards) and Trindon Holliday, who became the first player in NFL with punt and kickoff return touchdowns in the same playoff game. Holliday took a punt back 90 yards in the first half and opening the second half with a 104-yard kick return to help jumpstart the Broncos.
After going back-and-forth for the first three-plus quarters, the Broncos took the lead for good midway through the fourth quarter when Manning put together a 10-play, 88-yard drive that ended with a 17-yard pass play from Manning to Thomas to make it 35-28 midway through the quarter.
That set the stage for a wild finish. First. the Ravens, driving late in regulation for what would have likely been a game-tying touchdown, were denied when Jones dropped a third-down pass, and then had an pass play from Flacco to Dennis Pitta broken up by Denver defensive back Mike Adams. But after the Broncos failed to pick up a second first down and were forced to punt the ball away with 1:15 remaining in regulation. After Flacco got his team to its own 30-yard line, he heaved it deep downfield with 41 seconds left. Jones beat his coverage, and snuck into the end zone to tie the game.