The Ravens took Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s best shot.
But it was Corey Graham who provided the knockout.
The Ravens cornerback intercepted Manning, setting up Justin Tucker’s 47-yard field goal in double overtime, sending the Ravens to a 38-35 Divisional Round win, in a game that will go down as an all-time classic.
Graham had a pick-six earlier in the game, but his interception of a bad Manning pass near the end of the first overtime period was the clincher, giving his team the ball at the Broncos 45-yard line.
The win extends Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis’ play-until-he-loses-then-retires streak, and drops the top seed from the AFC playoffs. The Ravens will go to the winner of tomorrow’s Texans-Patriots game in the AFC Championship Game.
It will also put the focus on Broncos coach John Fox’s conservative play late, from a third-down run with a chance to ice the game in regulation, to kneeling with two timeouts and 31 seconds left to play for overtime. But it was Manning, of the 9-11 playoff record, who made the final mistake, and the Broncos’ 11-game win streak came to a screeching halt.