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Ravens down Broncos in double-overtime thriller

10:12 PM, Jan 12, 2013   |    comments
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Denver, CO (Sports Network) - While Peyton Manning's first season in Denver came to a swift and bitter end, Ray Lewis' 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 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.

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.

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.

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