Ravens' top plays: Mile High Miracle
July, 7, 2014
By Jamison Hensley | ESPN.com
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This is one of three nominations for the most memorable play in Baltimore Ravens history. In the next two days we'll feature: Jermaine Lewis' kickoff return for a touchdown in the Ravens' first Super Bowl triumph; and Ray Lewis' 50-yard interception return for a score in an upset playoff win over the Tennessee Titans in January 2001. Please vote for your choice as the Ravens' most memorable play.
Score: Ravens 38, Broncos 35
Date: Jan. 12, 2013 Site: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Joe Flacco's last-minute, game-tying 70-yard touchdown pass to Jacoby Jones isn't just one of the most memorable plays in Ravens history. It's one of the most memorable in NFL playoff history.
A decided underdog in the AFC divisional playoff game, the Ravens trailed 35-28 with 41 seconds remaining and no timeouts. The Ravens' hopes didn't look much brighter when Flacco dropped back and immediately felt pressure coming from both sides. Then, right as he saw a receiver getting behind the defense, Flacco stepped up and heaved the ball 54 yards in the air.
Jones, who described the pass as a pretty spiral punt that landed in his hands, caught the ball at the 20-yard line before outrunning cornerback Tony Carter and Rahim Moore to the end zone.
According to ESPN Stats & Information's win probability model, Denver had a 97.2 percent chance of winning the game before the Jones touchdown.
"I don't know if I'm amazed but it was pretty incredible," Flacco said after the game. "We overcame some things today and we fought to the very end. ... When some of those things did happen, no one worried. We just said, 'All right, our turn.'"
What many forget is Jones' touchdown didn't win the game. It only tied the score in the final seconds of regulation. The Ravens needed an interception from Corey Graham to set up Justin Tucker's game-winning 47-yard field goal in double overtime.
After upsetting Peyton Manning and the top-seeded Broncos, the Ravens went on to avenge a crushing loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game and beat the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl, where Flacco and Jones were the heroes once again.
@jamisonhensley Because it was such an against the odds moment that fit the 2012 Ravens postseason.— Chuck Mills (@ChuckMills6) June 19, 2014