Holliday returns punt, kickoff for TDs vs. Ravens

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 12, 2013 at 10:24 pm •  Published: January 12, 2013

DENVER (AP) — The shortest player in the league turned in the biggest performance for the Denver Broncos.

And yet Trindon Holliday's record day still couldn't help his team beat the Ravens.

Holliday went 90 yards running back a punt the first time Denver touched the ball against Baltimore on Saturday. Then he returned the second-half kickoff 104 yards to become the first player to score on a kick and punt return in the same playoff game.

But the Broncos blew a late lead and lost 38-35 in double overtime in the divisional-round game.

And that overshadowed any accomplishment — big time.

"Oh, man, it was tough," Holliday said of walking off the field, knowing the season was over even though he returned two kicks for scores. "It was tough to see that happen."

The 5-foot-5 Holliday gained 248 yards on returns, the most in a postseason game. It also earned a healthy dose of respect from Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who's seen enough of Holliday to last quite a while.

"It was painful," Harbaugh said. "We just didn't cover very well and they just blocked it really well and this guy, Trindon Holliday, he's a really great player. I've never seen anything like that."

On his punt return, Holliday was barely touched as he sprinted down the right side of the field to the end zone, where a host of Broncos ran to greet him. Former Ravens returner Jermaine Lewis held the playoff punt return record of 88 yards against Pittsburgh on Jan. 20, 2002.

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