Yesterday’s showdown between the Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos was one for the history books as rookie kicker Justin Tucker drove home a 47 yard field goal that ended the game for Manning and the Broncos in the second overtime.
The Ravens played like they were at home in “Charm City” coming into yesterday’s game with unwavering relentlessness and determination, and they just might make it to their first super bowl berth in 12 years after all.
The game was a very close one in which the relentless Ravens trailed the Broncos in each play. They seemed to have a response for every point scored by Denver. However, it was almost certain that Denver had victory in sight when Manning’s hopes of a super bowl game in his first season with the Broncos were dashed by a 70 yard touchdown pass to Jacoby Jones with 31 seconds on the clock that evened the score at 35-35. Baltimore would later take advantage of a poor interception thrown by Manning which led to, Justin Tucker’s 47-yard field goal that sent the Ravens into the AFC Championship game for the second consecutive year.
Ray Rice rushed for 131 yards with one touchdown while receiver Torrey Smith had 98 yards and two touchdowns. Flacco completed 18 of 34 passes for 331 yards without an interception and passed for 3 touchdowns. Although it was just one game, this should show his critics that he has what it takes to win in the post season and he will soon get another chance to prove his worth. Flacco is never afraid to make big plays and that courage paid off very well for the Ravens yesterday.
Ravens now advance to the AFC championship game on January 20th where they will face the winner of today’s game between the Patriots and Texans.
Ray Lewis who will be retiring after playing for the Ravens since being drafted in 1996 played his last home game in last week’s24-9 victory over the Colts and could very well end up playing his last game in the super bowl but more obstacles lay ahead. Ray Rice is one player who definitely wants it to end that way saying “It’s his last ride, why not send him off the right way,” after yesterday’s game.