Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Epic wins haven't led to Super Bowl wins
By Jamison Hensley
The Ravens' double-overtime win over the Broncos was the third-longest NFL game of the Super Bowl era. But winning an epic game like this doesn't necessarily lead to a Lombardi Trophy.
The teams that won the NFL's two longest games since 1970 -- the 1971 Dolphins and the 1986 Browns -- failed to end their playoff run with a Super Bowl title.
The 1971 Dolphins won at the Chiefs, 27-24, in an AFC divisional playoff game that lasted 82 minutes, 40 seconds. Miami beat the Baltimore Colts in the AFC Championship Game before losing to the Cowboys in the Super Bowl.
The 1986 Browns topped the Jets, 23-20, in an AFC divisional playoff game that went for 77 minutes, 2 seconds. Cleveland then lost to the Broncos in the AFC Championship Game in what will always be remembered for The Drive.
The Ravens play the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game after a 38-25 victory over Denver that lasted 76 minutes, 42 seconds. Baltimore sent the game in overtime on a 70-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Jacoby Jones in the final seconds of the fourth quarter. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Ravens became the first team ever to win a postseason game after trailing by at least 7 points with 31 or fewer seconds left in regulation.