I just watched the Baltimore Ravens-Denver Broncos
AFC Semi-Final game and must say it was one of the best NFL
games I’ve ever seen.
It was a back and forth game from start to finish with the teams
being tied five times during the course of the game. The Ravens
defeated the Broncos in 2 OT on a 47-yard field goal by Justin
Tucker for a 38-35 win.
Ravens QB Joe Flacco was dancing on the edge of the precipice
with several near interceptions and delays of game. But he also had
three touchdown passes, two of them to Torrey Smith. The Ravens
appeared dead on arrival when Flacco threw a 70-yard touchdown pass
to Jacoby Jones with 31 seconds left in the fourth quarter. It sent
the game into OT.
Trinton Holliday, the Broncos’ 5,5 return specialist was
arguably the most valuable player of the game with a 90-yard punt
return TD and a NFL record 104-yard kickoff return TD. Despite the
Broncos being on the short end of the game, Holliday’s
contributions were anything but diminutive.
Ex-Raven Brandon Stokely caught a TD pass from Broncos QB Peyton
Manning and also did a hell of a Franco Harris impersonation making
a near immaculate reception on a sinking pass from Manning.
Although Manning had a sensational comeback season with the
Broncos winning their last 11 regular season games, it is worth
noting that Manning could not do what Tim Tebow did last year - win
a playoff game.
The Ravens will face either the New England Patriots or the
Houston Texans in the AFC Final on January 20th.
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