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Ravens shock Broncos in double OT

Peyton Manning [1] 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 [2] 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 [3] connected with Jacoby Jones [4] 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 [5] added 131 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries. In addition, wide receiver Torrey Smith [6] 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 [7] 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 [8] (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 [9]. 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.