Trindon Holliday just did it to the Ravens again.
Holliday just made his second return for a touchdown today, taking the second half kickoff 104 yards for a touchdown and a 28-21 Broncos lead.
After the Ravens punted on their first possession of the contest, Holliday returned it 98 yards for a score.
Both the punt return and the kickoff return were the longest in NFL playoff history.
Have to imagine it’s going to be awfully hard for Baltimore to pull off a win this afternoon with two kick returns for touchdowns allowed, and still two quarters of Peyton Manning.
What makes it most eye-popping is that Baltimore hadn’t allowed a special teams touchdown all year before today.
The best news for the Ravens? It’s still just a seven-point game and the passing game has been potent, to say the least.
Update: Manning has now given Baltimore 14 points in this divisional playoff, so the Ravens and Broncos head to the fourth quarter tied 28-28.
Manning lost a fumble on his own, unforced, and linebacker Paul Kruger recovered it at the Denver 37.
Ray Rice took over from there. Baltimore’s top tailback ran all 37 yards on five plays, including a 32-yard sprint that gave the Ravens first-and-goal at the 4.
Rice finished it with a 1-yard touchdown plunge. It was his fifth career postseason touchdown, giving him the most in Ravens history.
Baltimore has scored 14 points off turnovers today with the first seven coming on Corey Graham’s pick-six.
Update II: There’s a reason Manning is considered one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history.
He just showed it, audibling and managing the Broncos down the field (88 yards in 10 plays over 4:58) to give the home team a 35-28 lead with 7:11 remaining in the contest.
Manning capped it by getting the ball to his most athletic receiver, Demaryius Thomas, who took a short pass, spun to broke a tackle and motored 17 yards to the end zone.
Manning has now passed for 261 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.
Do the Ravens have another response?
Update III: Yes, they do.
With no timeouts and 31 seconds on the clock, Flacco found Jacoby Jones open deep for a 70-yard touchdown pass that ties this contest for a fifth time at 35-35.
Amazing. Especially that Jones was able to get open without three defensive backs in his face this late in the contest.
Either way, this one will be headed to overtime.
Update IV: Baltimore won the toss in overtime and was able to cross midfield on the first drive, but fizzled and had to punt.
Neither team mounted a serious threat until Graham made his second interception of the game, this time at the Denver 45 with 1:01 to go in the first overtime.
Rice put the Ravens on the fringe of field goal range with an 11-yard run on the last play of the first overtime.
Rice ran on each of the next three plays to set Justin Tucker up for a potential game-winning 47-yard field goal.
And Tucker nailed it with 13:25 to go in the sixth period of the contest. Baltimore earned a 38-35 upset over the Broncos in double overtime to earn its second straight AFC championship berth and fourth overall.
With that, linebacker Ray Lewis’ career remains alive.