The Baltimore Sun
8:52 PM CST, January 12, 2013
Baltimore Sun staffers analyze the Ravens' 38-35 victory over the Denver Broncos in the second overtime period in the AFC divisional round.
Peter Schmuck, columnist: If anyone had told me that the Ravens would allow two special teams touchdowns, I would have figured this for an ignominious blowout. Instead, it morphed into a terrific double-overtime postseason game with more twists and turns than an Alfred Hitchcock movie and the Ravens emerged with a victory that has to make fans believe they are a team of destiny.
Kevin Cowherd, columnist: This was Baltimore's "Second Greatest Game Ever Played." Ravens showed tremendous heart. Joe Flacco was 18 of 34 for 331 yards and proved he could win the big game when his team needed him most. It will be one huge party on the Ravens' flight home.
Matt Vensel, reporter: What a game. I love football.
Aaron Wilson, reporter: The Ravens beat the odds -- and the Broncos -- as Joe Flacco outdueled Peyton Manning. Between Flacco's poised performance, Torrey Smith's speed, a sound blocking performance against a formidable front seven and clutch plays from Jacoby Jones, Corey Graham and Justin Tucker, the Ravens earned a trip to the AFC championship game for the second consecutive year. It was a memorable victory in Ravens and Baltimore football history, considering the stakes, the frigid conditions and the fact that they were regarded as underdogs.
Edward Lee, reporter: The Ravens did the improbable -- beating Peyton Manning and the top-seeded Denver Broncos on the road and ending that team's 11-game winning streak. For all of his inconsistencies, Joe Flacco elevated his game to another level, and Jacoby Jones overcame a dropped pass for a Hail Mary-like touchdown catch. The Ravens will have to address the lapses on special teams, but that can wait until next week. Now if you'll excuse, I have a heaping of crow to eat.
Ron Fritz, sports editor: Maybe the Ravens are a team of destiny. The offense had to win this game and it did. The new offensive line was tremendous. The defense had its moments, but the special teams were dreadful. Has there been a better Ravens game ever?