This match up is the 2nd of the day in the Unitas Region, pairing the 3 seed vs. 14 seed in the BSMY Tournament. Justin Tucker’s game winning field goal beats the Denver Broncos in double overtime is the 3 seed and Ryan Flaherty’s grand slam against Boston is the 14 seed.
#3 – Justin Tucker Kick Wins It For Ravens In 2 OT
This was the culmination of one of the most improbable playoff wins I’ve ever seen. Obviously there’s the “Prayer in Thin Air”, and the Corey Graham interception. But just like in 2012, in the end it came down to a kicker. Fortunately, this time the Ravens had one with ice in his veins.
In case you don’t remember, Justin Tucker’s game winner was from 47 yards out. It wasn’t a chip shot by any means, and if he had missed it, Peyton Manning would have had the ball with decent field position on the 30-yard line. But the Ravens really had no need to worry about that. In a year full of great Ravens performances, Tucker was a phenomenal 30-for-33 during the regular season, and more importantly 4-for-4 in the playoffs. He put the cherry on top of one of the great Ravens wins in franchise history.
#14 – Ryan Flaherty grand slam versus Red Sox
This shot by Ryan Flaherty off the eminently hittable Aaron Cook was the home run that set the single season record for home runs by an Orioles team. It was Flaherty’s first career grand slam, and he got all of it to extend a 2-1 O’s lead to 6-1. And…that’s really all there is to it for this one.
Early inning grand slam in the heat of a playoff chase. I wish I could get into this one a little bit more, but by late September everyone knew what the Red Sox were (a payroll bloated monstrosity) and what the O’s were (one of the most improbable playoff teams in recent memory).
Voting is open from 9:00 AM on Sunday February 24 to 9:00 AM Sunday February 25.