Justin Tucker kicked a 47-yard field goal to help the Baltimore Ravens defeat the Denver Broncos 38-35 in double overtime to advance to the National Football League’s American Football Conference championship title game.
The Ravens will play the winner of tomorrow’s game between the Houston Texans and New England Patriots for the AFC championship on Jan. 20. The conference champions will meet in the Super Bowl on Feb. 3.
In the National Football Conference’s second-round game, the Green Bay Packers are at the San Francisco 49ers tonight.
Joe Flacco threw three touchdown passes, including a 70-yard toss to Jacoby Jones with 31 seconds left in regulation to tie the game for the fifth time at 35-35 and force overtime at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.
Flacco, who passed for 331 yards, connected twice with Torrey Smith on passes of 59 and 32 yards, and Corey Graham ran for a touchdown on a 39-yard interception, the first of two turnovers by Peyton Manning that were converted into scores by the Ravens. The game was tied 21-21 at halftime.
Ray Rice, who carried 30 times for 131 yards, tied the game at 28-28 with 20 seconds left in the third quarter.
Trindon Holliday scored on a 90-yard punt return three minutes into the game and repeated the feat in the third quarter with a 104-yard run.
Manning threw for 290 yards and three touchdowns, two in the first half to Brandon Stokley and Knowshon Moreno. His third was a 17-yard scoring pass to Demaryius Thomas for a 35-28 lead with seven minutes, 11 seconds left in the game.
Before the victory, the Ravens were 20-1 to win the Super Bowl, according to R.J. Bell of Pregame.com in Las Vegas. The Broncos were 3-1 favorites to win the championship.