With one play, the Baltimore Ravens' first-round selection CB Jimmy Smith ensured his selection was a wise move.
The rookie from Colorado hauled in a beautiful interception late in the fourth quarter to help the Ravens stay within one score, and possibly save the Ravens' season.
The pick could not have come at a better time. On the previous play, Ravens QB Joe Flacco threw a pass right to Brandon Spikes of the Patriots.
With the interception, New England took the ball over at midfield and they were already up by three. With just 7:22 left on the clock, a Patriots touchdown and the Ravens would be venturing into miracle territory in order to pull out a win.
Unfortunately, the pick wound up being in vain, as the Ravens lost 23-20 courtesy of a missed field goal by Billy Cundiff with 11 seconds to play.
This was Smith's third pick of the season, his first of the postseason, and easily the biggest play of his young NFL career. However, all the glory on this play does not belong to Smith. He had a big helping hand from teammate Bernard Pollard.
The Ravens' safety had amazing deep coverage as Brady fired with the hopes of scoring a touchdown. Pollard contorted his body in mid-air to find the ball and deflect it just long enough for Smith to come rocketing in for the pick.
Had he been a step later the ball would have fallen harmlessly to the ground.
This is a pick that neither player will be soon to forget.