For the first time in the history of the NFL or AFL, a football game was played today that was tied after five consecutive quarters. The Ravens and Broncos were tied 14-14 after one quarter, 21-21 after the second, 28-28 after the 3rd, 35-35 after the 4th and again 35-35 after the 5th quarter before a rookie kicked a field goal to win after Peyton Manning failed three times to get his 49th game winning drive with an ill-advised interception.
Here are the only six games in history to go to double overtime, and never has the game been tied after five straight quarters until today:
The Broncos appeared to have the game won when Joe Flacco seemed to make a terrible decision by scrambling with just over a minute left in regulation and no time outs, and then took almost 30 seconds to get a play off while the clock ticked within 40 seconds. However, Flacco went from goat to hero when he finally called for the snap and fired a 70-yard touchdown pass to Jacoby Jones with just 31 seconds play to tie the game.
The crowd hoped for Manning’s 49th winning touchdown drive in response, and booed when Manning instead took a knee to run out the half. In overtime, the Broncos defense stopped the Ravens twice to give Manning two more chances, but his four completions on those drives were all from between 4 and 11 yards, before he scrambled left and three right into the arms of defender Corey Graham to give the Ravens the ball on the Broncos 45.
A few plays later Ravens rookie Justin Tucker, who hit 30 of 33 field goals this year, drilled a 47-yard field goal to extend Ray Lewis career another week. It was only the sixth time that an NFL game had gone into double overtime, and the first time in more than nine years when the Panthers shocked the Rams. However, none of those five double overtime games were tied after every quarter of play.