The Ravens needed to respond to the Broncos’ 88-yard fourth-quarter touchdown drive, but the Denver defense came up with the stop of the game.
It began with a conversion on third-and-7, as Joe Flacco hit Anquan Boldin for a 19-yard gain.
The pair hooked up again on the next play, this time for 19 yards to the Denver 36-yard line. A false start penalty moved the Ravens back to the 41-yard line.
A pair of Ray Rice runs gained 10 to make it third-and-5. Pressure from linebacker Von Miller flushed Flacco from the pocket and forced an incompletion, bringing up fourth-and-5 from the 31. Baltimore took a timeout.
Coming out of the break, the Ravens came out in shotgun formation. Flacco threw to tight end Dennis Pitta, but safety Mike Adams – in his first career postseason game – was in tight coverage and broke up the pass, handing the ball back to the Denver offense with a turnover on downs.
Denver took over on the 31-yard line with 3:12 remaining. The Ravens have two timeouts.