Corey Graham Intercepts Peyton Manning for Controversial Pick-Six

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IJune 15, 2016

Jan 6, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (not shown) is sacked by Baltimore Ravens linebacker Paul Kruger (right) and Corey Graham (left) during the AFC Wild Card playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports
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Corey Graham intercepted Peyton Manning in the first quarter of Saturday's game, taking it back for a touchdown on a controversial play.

Manning targeted WR Eric Decker, who had his arm pulled down before the ball ever arrived. The play should have been whistled dead at that point, as it was obvious pass interference on Chykie Brown. 

Unfortunately for the Broncos, the officials didn't make the call, and Graham caught the ball—which had ricocheted off of Decker's shoulder—and from there it was an easy run to the end zone for a touchdown.

Mike Pereira, an expert on all things officiating, posted this on his Twitter account after this play:

In my opinion he made contact as he was turning around and was not making a legitimate play on the ball when the contact first occurred.

— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) January 12, 2013

 

Pro Football Talk didn't mince words and had a stronger take:

I'm still not sure how that wasn't pass interference.Receiver was clearly hit before the ball arrived.

— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) January 12, 2013

 

SI.com's Jim Trotter seems to hint at a conspiracy:

so, a controversial pass-interference call & an equally controversial non-call have resulted in 14 ravens points. hmmmmm.

— Jim Trotter (@SI_JimTrotter) January 12, 2013

 

This touchdown came less than a minute after Ravens QB Joe Flacco connected with WR Torrey Smith to tie the game, and Graham's touchdown put the Ravens up by a score, 14-7. 

The lead didn't last long, though, as Manning hit Brandon Stokley for a touchdown just minutes after this play. 

 

Stay tuned to Bleacher Report for all of the biggest highlights from Saturday's divisional round action, and enjoy your day. 

 

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