Then Smith made his second huge play in two weeks. His interception clinched the NFC championship win over San Francisco.
Cliff Avril got to Manning's arm as he was throwing, the ball fluttered directly to Smith, who took off down the left sideline for a 69-yard interception TD.
Manning trudged to the sideline, a look of disgust on his face, Denver's reputation as an unstoppable force erased.
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