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Joe Flacco hits Torrey Smith for 59-yard touchdown

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Torrey Smith hauled in a 59-yard touchdown on Saturday (USA Today Sports Images)

After falling behind the Denver Broncos 7-0 on a 90-yard punt return by Trindon Holliday, the Baltimore Ravens nearly had a full meltdown similar to the one they had against the Broncos in their regular season meeting.

On the ensuing kickoff after Holliday's touchdown, Ravens wide receiver/return specialist Jacoby Jones bobbled Matt Prater's kick, setting the Ravens up at their own six-yard line. A two-yard run by rookie Bernard Pierce was followed by an incomplete pass attempt from Joe Flacco to tight end Ed Dickson. Another incomplete pass attempt from Flacco to wide receiver Tandon Doss was negated by a 25-yard pass interference penalty on Broncos cornerback Tony Carter, giving the Ravens new life.

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Baltimore would not squander the opportunity.

With a new set of downs, Flacco hit Boldin for eight yards and then Boldin and tight end Dennis Pitta would serve as decoys, running intermediate crossing routes to freeze free safety Rahim Moore, allowing Flacco to hit a wide open Torrey Smith, who beat Pro Bowler Champ Bailey for a 59-yard touchdown that tied the score at 7-7.

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