What was about to happen would stun a city, jolt a franchise and ruin a season that had bubbled with potential since summer. When Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones put his right foot on the Baltimore 29-yard line, he could see the future. That future for the Broncos wasn't going to be pretty.
"I knew it right away," Jones said Tuesday in the swirl of Super Bowl media day. "The minute I lined up, just looking at the way they were, I knew it was going to be there."
"It" is the play that largely ended the Broncos' season, a 70-yard Joe Flacco-to-Jones catch-and-run that tied the divisional-round game at 35-35 in the waning seconds of regulation, snatched a victory out the Broncos' hands, sent shock waves down their sideline and sent the game into overtime when Denver coach John Fox elected to run out the clock. The Broncos' season ended when the Ravens kicked the game-winning field goal five plays into a second overtime.
It was at the crossroads of daring and error, a remember-forever moment for both sides.
"Right now, before we play in the Super Bowl, it is the biggest play of my life," Jones said. "Right before the snap, I knew we would look there. I saw an opening. When (Broncos cornerback Tony Carter) didn't jam me and I got by him, it was over with."
Ravens WR Jacoby Jones said he "knew" he would shock Broncos
Denver Post | Jan 30