Denver Broncos vs. Baltimore Ravens: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis
For a team in the midst of clinching its division, the Baltimore Ravens certainly didn't play like they wanted to be AFC North Champs. Instead, Baltimore proceeded to take a whooping from a Denver Broncos team that couldn't be any hotter late in the season.
With the 34-17 loss, the Ravens drop their third straight and loosen their grip on the AFC North. Baltimore can still clinch the division with a Pittsburgh loss today, but the opportunity to get the job done couldn't have gone any worse.
The Ravens offense was completely deflated in the second half as Baltimore failed to score a single point in the first two quarters. Then, in the second half, the Ravens' offense managed to score just three points in the third quarter.
The 14 points scored in the fourth quarter were meaningless as the Broncos already had the game in hand.
It wasn't Joe Flacco's best performance and the fans let him know it as boos rang throughout the stadium early in the contest.
Peyton Manning, meanwhile, cruised to an easy victory with help from Eric Decker and Knowshon Moreno, both of whom accounted for one TD.
The Broncos improve to 11-4 on the season with games against Cleveland and Kansas City at home. As for the Ravens, they'll face the New York Giants at home before heading to Cincinnati in what will more than likely be a game with a playoff atmosphere.
That's it everybody. The Ravens fall and the Broncos inch closer to a potential bye in the playoffs:
That's a final. The Ravens fall to the Broncos 34-17 and have now lost three in a row.— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 16, 2012
45-yard FG attempt by Prater is no good. No matter though as 33 seconds remain in the game.
Two-minute warning approaching...
Ravens appear to be down and out late in the game. Only a few more minutes now. They can still clinch the AFC North if the Steelers lose today.
Flacco hits Pitta for his second TD pass of the game. This one goes for 61 yards and the Ravens have cut Denver's lead. Broncos are up 34-17.
FG good by the Broncos!
Matt Prater tacks on a 36-yard field goal as this game is as good as done with less than five minutes remaining.
Denver leads 34-10.
...it counts and the score is now 31-10. Denver still leading in the fourth quarter.
Finally, the Ravens get a TD to lift their spirits. Too bad they waited until the fourth quarter. Nice grab by Pitta for the 31-yard score.
Looks like they're reviewing it though...
That's the end of the third quarter....
Denver still leads 31-3.
Whoa! Don't know if anyone else is experiencing the same thing but CBS just cut to the Texans-Colts game now. Their reason.....Broncos-Ravens not a very competitive game. Ouch.
WR Jacoby Jones now comes up limping over to the sidelines after making a catch. He's getting looked at by the training staff.— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 16, 2012
Ravens offense looks defeated. Players have no emotion, no sense of urgency, nothing. Heads down on the sidelines.
Close call for the Ravens as Williams bats away what would have been another huge completion by Manning to Decker.
Injury Update: RB Bernard Pierce and WR Torrey Smith are both OUT with concussions.— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 16, 2012
Torrey Smith is back on the sidelines now after being looked at in the locker room. He's not coming into the field with the offense.— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 16, 2012
Knowshon Moreno walks right into the end zone. Denver leads 31-3 in the third quarter. Baltimore is quickly digging itself in a deep hole.
Flacco gets crushed by Von Miller and the boos are louder than ever now.
We've seen that hookup all day long as Manning hits Decker in stride for his ninth TD catch of the season. Denver leads 24-3 with a little more than nine minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Missed opportunity by Baltimore to recover that fumble. That was a gift and they gave it right back.
FG Good by Baltimore!
Justin Tucker hits a 45-yarder to get the Ravens on the board. Denver still leads 17-3.
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