Jones rebuilds image in first season with Ravens

Jones rebuilds image in first season with Ravens
January 17, 2013, 6:45 pm
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The Ravens brought in Jacoby Jones because of his ability to make game-changing plays, and it was on display in last week’s playoff victory vs. the Denver Broncos.

Jones’ 70-yard touchdown catch with less than 1 minute left in the game tied the score and the Ravens prevailed 38-35 in double-overtime.

Now facing the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game Sunday, the Ravens are one step away from the Super Bowl for the second consecutive season.

"Yeah, I am," Jones said when asked if he was tired of answering questions about the TD in Denver. "We made the play. Nobody panicked."

Jones, who was selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time as a kick returner, is part of the reason. He has two kickoffs and a punt return for TDs in his first season in Baltimore after he abruptly left the Houston Texans.

Jones’ career there was defined by inconsistency as a receiver and a fumble in a playoff loss to the Ravens last season.

He disappeared as a receiver from Weeks 5-9. In that span, Jones only had 4 catches for 32 yards for the Ravens.

But he was installed as the starting kick returner for Week 6, going an NFL record-tying 108 yards for a score in a 31-29 win vs. the Dallas Cowboys.

Jones finished the regular season with 30 catches for 406 yards and 1 TD. The TD catch vs. the Broncos, however, might go down as the biggest play of his career. 

“They improvised a little bit,” offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell said of Jones and quarterback Joe Flacco. “That’s what great players do.”

The Patriots and Ravens have high-powered offenses, which could make for another high-scoring playoff game. The Patriots beat the Houston Texans 41-28 to advance.

"I'm not a predictions guy," Jones said. "I don't like to count my chickens before they hatch. We're going to see what's happening."

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