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            === Ravens down Broncos in double-overtime thriller ===
 Denver,  CO  (Sports Network) - While  Peyton Manning's first season in Denver
 came to a swift and bitter end, Ray Lewis' illustrious career will continue on
 for at least one more week.
 Justin  Tucker knocked home a 47-yard field goal 1:42 into the second overtime
 period to give Lewis' Baltimore Ravens a dramatic 38-35 victory over Manning's
 Broncos  in an  AFC Divisional Playoff from a frigid Sports Authority Field at
 Mile  High,  with the  kick capping  a remarkable  comeback that propelled the
 Ravens into the conference title game for a second straight year.
 Tucker's  deciding  field goal came  four plays after Corey Graham intercepted
 Manning  in Denver territory for the second time of the game, while the Ravens
 forced  extra  time on a  thrilling 70-yard touchdown  pass from Joe Flacco to
 Jacoby Jones with just 31 seconds remaining in regulation.
 "That  game  did the game of  football proud," Ravens head coach John Harbaugh
 remarked afterward.
 Flacco  also hooked  up with Torrey Smith  for a pair of touchdowns earlier on
 while  amassing 331  yards on 18-of-34 passing, with Ray Rice contributing 131
 rushing yards and a touchdown on 30 carries to the improbable win.
 "It was pretty incredible," said Flacco. "We overcame some things today and we
 fought until the very end. When some of those (negative) things happened, none
 of  us blinked. We  just sat over there on the sideline and said 'alright, our
 The  fourth-seeded Ravens  will visit the winner of Sunday's clash between New
 England  and Houston in next weekend's AFC Championship. Baltimore advanced to
 the  Divisional  Round with last  week's 24-9 home decision over Indianapolis,
 which  came days after team leader Lewis announced he would be retiring at the
 end of his 17th NFL season.
 Manning,  who  entered the matchup  having bested the Ravens nine  consecutive
 times  -- including a pair of playoff bouts during his long and storied tenure
 with the Colts -- also threw for three touchdowns while accumulating 290 yards
 and completing 28-of-43 attempts along with the two picks.
 Denver,  which  earned the  AFC's No. 1  overall seed by  winning its final 11
 regular-season tests, suffered its first postseason loss at home since a 30-27
 ousting  by  Jacksonville in  a 1996 Divisional  Playoff despite a spectacular
 performance  by  return man Trindon  Holliday. The speedy specialist took back
 both  a  punt and a kickoff  for touchdowns, establishing a new NFL postseason
 record for the longest return for each.
 "Unless  you're hoisting that Lombardi Trophy at the end, it's disappointing,"
 said  Broncos  head coach  John Fox.  "We had plenty  of opportunities in this
 game, we just came up short."
 It  didn't appear as if Baltimore would be able to break its long-running jinx
 against Manning after Dennis Pitta failed to come up with Flacco's fourth-down
 pass as the Ravens trailed 35-28 with 3:12 remaining in the final quarter. The
 team did get the ball back one last time in regulation, but faced a third down
 from its own 30-yard line with 41 seconds on the clock.
 Flacco  dropped back and  lofted a long pass down the right sideline in Jones'
 direction,  with Broncos' safety Rahim Moore misplaying the ball in the air as
 the  Baltimore  receiver snared it  and raced  untouched for a startling game-
 tying score.
 "At  that point in the game when you don't have any timeouts and you've got to
 go  a pretty  decent length, you've got  to start taking shots at some point,"
 said Flacco. "It happened to work out."
 The  Broncos elected to  take a knee and opt for overtime after the subsequent
 kickoff  despite  still owning  two timeouts, and  neither team could generate
 much  offense over  its  initial  drive of  the  first  extra session.  Denver
 induced  another  punt on Baltimore's  second series, and  got a pair of first
 downs to advance to its own 38 upon regaining possession.
 Manning then threw behind Brandon Stokley on the next snap, with Graham coming
 up with a diving interception at the Broncos' 45.
 "In  the clutch, guys  want to get first downs and move the chains and put the
 team  in position  to win the game, so  you can be a little more aggressive on
 defense  and make  a play,"  said Graham.  "Someone  had to  do it  and I  was
 fortunate enough to be the one today."
 An  11-yard run by  Rice on the last play of the first overtime got the Ravens
 into  Tucker's range,  and the workhorse back would churn out three more yards
 before Harbaugh summoned  the rookie  kicker, who calmly split the uprights to
 extend the AFC North champions' season.
 While  points were  hard to  come by  during the  overtime portion,  there was
 plenty  of scoring  from both  sides early  on during  an action-packed  first
 After  Baltimore  fizzled out on the  game's initial drive, Holliday began the
 early  scoring barrage by fielding a punt on his own 10-yard line and shedding
 a  tackle  before breaking  loose along  the far sideline  behind a block from
 reserve  running  back Lance Ball. The  90-yard touchdown came just 2:46 after
 the opening kickoff.
 The  Ravens  would be the  ones with  the lead less  than 2 1/2 minutes later,
 however, due to a pair of big plays on both the offensive and defensive sides.
 A  third-down defensive  pass interference  call on  the Broncos'  Tony Carter
 enabled  Baltimore's next  possession to  continue, and  Smith capitalized  by
 blowing  past  the Denver secondary and  hauling in Flacco's deep strike for a
 59-yard score.
 Just  42 seconds  afterward, Manning's second pass of the day was deflected by
 Chykie  Brown  and into the arms  of Graham, who side-stepped defenders on the
 way  to a 39-yard return that gave Baltimore a 14-7 edge with 9:49 left in the
 first quarter.
 Manning quickly shook off the turnover, completing 5-of-7 attempts in marching
 the  Broncos 74 yards in 11 plays on the ensuing touch. His 21-yard connection
 to  Jacob Tamme  on 3rd-and-7  kept the  chains moving,  and the  accomplished
 veteran  teamed up with old confidant Stokley later on for a 15-yard touchdown
 that tied the score with 4:02 remaining in the opening period.
 Manning  was on point once again following a sequence of punts from both teams
 that  gave Denver the  ball deep in their own end. The All-Pro quarterback hit
 on  all  five of his  throws on the 8-play,  86-yard jaunt, including a hookup
 with  Eric  Decker that the  young receiver turned into  a 32-yard gain to the
 Baltimore 14.
 One  play later,  running back  Knowshon Moreno  beat linebacker  coverage and
 corralled  Manning's pinpoint  pass  in  the end  zone  for  a 21-14  Broncos'
 advantage midway through the second quarter.
 Denver  had a  chance to tack on a  few more points before the half would end,
 but Matt Prater's 52-yard field goal attempt 1:16 prior to intermission landed
 well short in the cold Colorado air.
 That  was more than  enough time for Flacco, who found Anquan Boldin and Pitta
 for  gains of 11 and 15 yards, respectively, before Smith made a nifty mid-air
 adjustment  and cradled in a 32-yard bullet that knotted the contest with just
 36 seconds showing on the second-quarter clock.
 The  game didn't stay that way for long, though. Holliday quickly found a seam
 down  the middle  on  the opening  kickoff  of the  second  half and  outraced
 Baltimore's  coverage unit  for a dazzling 104-yard score that put Denver back
 on top by a 28-21 count.
 Denver's  offense  was stymied  throughout  the  third quarter,  however,  and
 Manning  committed another  costly miscue when he fumbled upon being sacked by
 Pernell  McPhee  with under three minutes  left in the frame, with Baltimore's
 Paul Kruger pouncing on the loose ball at the Broncos' 37.
 Rice  ripped off a  32-yard run two snaps later, then finished the short drive
 by  powering in from a yard out to create a 28-28 deadlock entering the fourth
 Manning  would  put the Broncos back  in front following an exchange of punts,
 engineering  a  10-play,  88-yard  series  that was  kept  alive  when  Ravens
 cornerback  Cary Williams was flagged for holding on a third-down incompletion
 to Demaryius Thomas at the Baltimore 33.
 Thomas  held  on to  his next target,  then weaved his  way through traffic en
 route  to a  17-yard touchdown that sent  the Broncos ahead with 7:11 to go in
 "We  did a  lot of good things  tonight, we really did," Manning said. "It's a
 stout  [Baltimore] defense with a lot of veteran playmakers and guys that have
 been  in a lot of big games. We did a lot of good things and certainly there's
 plays that I'd like to have back, but that's just football."
                                   Game Notes
 The game was the sixth postseason tilt in NFL history decided in two overtimes
 and first since Carolina's 29-23 win over St. Louis in the 2003 NFC Divisional
 Round   ...  Holliday's  104-yard  kick  return  surpassed  the  previous  NFL
 postseason mark of 100 yards, set by Washington's Brian Mitchell against Tampa
 Bay  in a  1999 NFC Divisional Playoff. His 90-yard punt-return score bettered
 former Raven Jermaine Lewis' 88-yard runback in Baltimore's loss at Pittsburgh
 during  the  2000 AFC  Divisional Round  ... Moreno exited  the contest in the
 third  quarter  with a  knee injury,  with rookie  Ronnie Hillman compiling 83
 rushing  yards on  22 carries to lead  Denver ... Smith's 59-yard TD catch was
 the  second-longest scoring  grab in Ravens' postseason history, eclipsed only
 by  Hall of  Famer Shannon Sharpe's 96-yard reception from Trent Dilfer in the
 2000  AFC  Championship ...  Flacco's  331  passing  yards surpassed  his  own
 franchise  postseason record  in that category, which he set with 306 yards in
 last  year's loss at  New England in the AFC title game ... The temperature at
 kickoff  was 13  degrees,  the second-coldest  of any  home  game in  Broncos'
 history,  and  Manning is now 0-4  all-time in playoff games played in weather
 under 40 degrees. He has thrown nine interceptions in those outings.
 01/12 23:23:01 ET

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