Baltimore beats Denver to reach AFC title game

Baltimore Ravens 38, Denver Broncos 35 (2OT)

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Ravens' Justin Tucker reacts after hitting the game-winning field goal from 47 yards in the second OT against the Broncos.  to send the Ravens to the AFC Championship Game.  JOE MAHONEY/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Ravens' Justin Tucker reacts after hitting the game-winning field goal from 47 yards in the second OT against the Broncos. to send the Ravens to the AFC Championship Game.

DENVER — Baltimore’s Justin Tucker kicked a 47-yard field goal 1:42 into the second overtime Saturday to lift the Ravens to a 38-35 victory over the Denver Broncos in the AFC playoffs.

The Ravens (12-6) forced overtime on a 70-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Jacoby Jones with 31 seconds left in regulation, after Jones slipped behind a pair of Broncos defenders along the sideline.

Late in the first overtime, Peyton Manning threw across his body on second down and Corey Graham picked off the ball to give the Ravens the ball on the Denver 45. Two plays later, the first overtime ended and the teams switched directions, and after three Ray Rice runs up the middle, Tucker sailed his game-winner through the uprights with room to spare.

Baltimore will travel to either New England or Houston for the AFC title game next Sunday, as linebacker Ray Lewis’ career extends at least one more game.


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