Down by a touchdown, at their own 30-yard line with just over 30 seconds left in regulation and zero timeouts remaining, any hope for the Ravens continuing their playoff run seemed all but gone.
It seemed impossible. How could Joe Flacco and the Baltimore offense drive that distance in such little time? I for one figured the game was over—but it was just beginning.
On a 3rd-and-3, Flacco bought time in the pocket by stepping up and hurling a beautifully thrown bomb over two Denver defenders to Jacoby Jones down the right sideline for a game-tying touchdown.
After the Broncos elected to kneel out the remaining seconds of regulation, the game between the Ravens and Broncos went into overtime. One quarter of overtime would not be enough Saturday as it took two extra periods for the game to be decided.
After Corey Graham intercepted a Peyton Manning pass at the Baltimore 45-yard line, Ray Rice carried the ball four times, setting up a 47-yard game-winning field goal by rookie kicker Justin Tucker.
Tucker nailed the long field goal, giving Baltimore an improbable 38-35 (2OT) victory over Denver, booking a ticket in next week’s AFC Championship Game against either the New England Patriots or Houston Texans.
Here are five observations from Baltimore’s win over Denver.