On a cold, frigid night in Denver, CO, where it was 9 degrees and felt like -2 degrees, Peyton Manning and the Broncos fought the harsh weather and Joe Flacco and the Ravens. The Ravens ended up winning in overtime, and now face the San Francisco 49ers (who defeated the Green Bay Packers) on the road to the Super Bowl. If Baltimore beats the 49ers, then all of Maryland has something to cheer about in football, from Saint Mary’s county in the south to Garrett County far west.
The Ravens were the underdog in this contest, but they kept it extremely close during the game. Whenever one team would score, the other would always come right back and tie it up. Things looked bad late in the 4th quarter when the Broncos scored a touchdown and pulled ahead 35-28. But with about 30 seconds left in regulation, Ravens QB Joe Flacco launched a hail mary down field that was picked out of the sky by wide receiver Jacoby Jones. The fans of the Broncos turned as blue as the sky because of Baltimore’s game tying TD.
The game went into overtime and then double overtime. The first team to score would win. Baltimore’s shot at winning game on the foot of kicker Justin Tucker (who illegally took field goal practice on the field between overtime periods). He kicked a 47 yard field goal and won the game for the Ravens 38-35.
After the Seahawks defeated the Redskins last week, DC fans like me turned to the Ravens. Maryland is now a contender to play in the Super Bowl for the first time since 1999. Good luck Ravens!
But still I’m most excited for the start of baseball season. 79 days til Opening Day and exactly 30 days until Nationals pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training!