DENVER (AP) - The Baltimore Ravens rebounded from Trindon Holliday's 90-yard punt return touchdown, the longest in NFL playoff history, to score two TDs in a 42-second span and tie the Denver Broncos at 14 after one quarter of their AFC divisional showdown Saturday.
The 13-degree temperature at kickoffs made this the coldest playoff game ever played in Denver. The wind chill was 2. The only colder game played in Denver was against San Diego on Dec. 10, 1972, when the temperature was 9 degrees.
Holliday fielded Sam Koch's punt, broke one tackle and raced down the Ravens' sideline, avoiding the punter as he galloped into the end zone. The previous longest TD on a punt return in a playoff game was Jermaine Lewis' 88-yarder for Baltimore in 2001.
Jacoby Jones botched the ensuing kickoff return, losing the handle on the ball as he brought it out before smothering it at the 6.
After a key pass interference call on Tony Carter allowed the Ravens to get out from the shadow of their end zone, Baltimore tied it at 7 when Torrey Smith got behind Champ Bailey and hauled in Joe Flacco's 59-yard touchdown toss.
Forty-two seconds later, cornerback Corey Williams hauled in a Peyton Manning pass that deflected off receiver Eric Decker and returned it 39 yards for the score. Broncos coach John Fox used the TV timeout following the score to yell at the officials, arguing Decker was interfered with on the play.
Manning, wearing gloves on both hands for the first time in his career - the one on the right hand as much a concession to the altered feel of his grip following four neck surgeries as it was for the wintry weather, threw a 15-yard TD toss to Brandon Stokley to tie it at 14.
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