Just when all hope seemed to be lost for the Baltimore Ravens, Joe Flacco’s bomb landed directly in Jacoby Jones’ arms, and the speedy wideout waltzed into the end zone to tie the Divisional Round showdown with the Denver Broncos at 35-35.
The 70-yard reception came with just 38 seconds remaining in the game, and the Broncos simply took a knee and accepted that they would have to try to win in overtime.
Jones is the Ravens’ kick returner and is known for his ability to get down the field in a hurry, so it is no surprise that the team opted to send him on a streak. But Broncos safety Rahim Moore’s coverage on the play certainly was shocking.
With so little time left, a seven-point deficit and a quarterback with a rocket arm, there was little mystery as to what the Ravens would try to do in this situation.
But Moore was woefully out of position and his attempt to knock the ball down was in vain. Jones simply had to watch the ball into his hands and skip into the end zone.
It was Flacco’s second long touchdown pass of the day, as he hit Torrey Smith for a 59-yard score in the first quarter.
Playoff football often produces these moments in which a perfect storm comes together to produce an unforgettable moment. It took a well-timed play call, a fast wideout, a bomb from Flacco and an unthinkable mistake from Moore, but the end result was more excitement provided by the 2013 NFL playoffs.