The Broncos responded to the Ravens’ two quick touchdowns with a methodical 74-yard scoring drive to tie the game at 14 on a Manning-Stokley connection.
Quarterback Peyton Manning used his two tight ends to get the offense to midfield. First, he hit Joel Dreessen for 9 yards. Then, on third down, Manning found Tamme on a short pass over the middle and the tight end darted for 21 yards.
After a short run, Manning hit wideout Eric Decker, who leaped in the air to catch a 13-yard first-down in traffic. That completion moved Denver to the Ravens 36-yard line.
Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas caught the Broncos’ next first down on an 11-yard completion. Two plays later, Denver faced a pivotal third-and-8 from the 15-yard line.
Manning dropped back and threw a touch-pass to the back-right corner of the end zone. Wideout Brandon Stokley had a step on the defender and made an over-the-shoulder diving grab, touching two feet in the end zone before landing out of bounds.
The touchdown and extra point conversion tied the game at 14 with 4:02 left in the first quarter.
Manning’s 30th postseason touchdown pass tied him for sixth all-time.