Trindon Holliday sets playoff punt-return record in wild start

It didn't take long for Trindon Holliday to give the Broncos the lead Saturday, but the Ravens didn't take long to take it back ... and Peyton Manning didn't take much longer to tie things up at 14 after a wild first quarter.

After the Broncos stopped the Ravens on their first drive, Holliday, the diminutive punt returner picked up by Denver in the middle of the season, busted out an electrifying, 90-yard punt return for a touchdown. It was the longest punt return for a touchdown in NFL playoff history, and it made Manning quite happy.

Holliday's touchdown was also the first punt return for a touchdown in Broncos playoff history. It was just the start of a wild first quarter.

Jacoby Jones fumbled the ensuing kickoff, but Joe Flacco and Torrey Smith hooked up for a 59-yard bomb with Smith beating Champ Bailey to tie things up.

Enter Manning, who promptly threw an interception on a tipped pass that Corey Graham returned for a touchdown, giving Baltimore a 14-7 lead.

Before the questions about Manning's losing playoff record (9-10 entering Saturday) could crop up, the Broncos quarterback marched Denver down the field, hitting Brandon Stokley with a beautiful 15-yard touchdown pass that was basically indefensible.

It was a wild first quarter, especially when you consider the over/under for this game was 46 points, the temperature at game time was something like -500 degrees Fahrenheit and Manning is wearing gloves.

Yes, they already have their own Twitter account.

And yes, there's been more action already than wild-card weekend in its entirety. Hopefully that holds true to form for the rest of this game and the entire weekend.

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CBS Sports Senior Writer

Will Brinson joined CBS Sports in 2010 and enters his seventh season covering the NFL for CBS. He previously wrote for FanHouse along with myriad other Internet sites. A North Carolina native who lives... Full Bio

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