There were return touchdowns, long passing touchdowns, well-orchestrated drives, huge defensive plays, overtime, a game-winning field goal and a compelling storyline centered around two of the sport’s greatest players.
Oh, and a ridiculous 70-yard touchdown that shocked the Denver crowd, sent the game into overtime and has a catchy name that the game will hereafter be known as: "Mile High Miracle."
But that was last season.
Both teams have moved past the game voted the best NFL game of the 2012.
The Broncos want to forget that it ever happened, a feeling that Baltimore can sympathize with after their similarly gut-wrenching loss in the 2011 AFC Championship Game.
Likewise, head coach John Harbaugh and his Ravens want to avoid any kind of "Super Bowl hangover." There has been no talk of repeating—no bravado about how the road to the Super Bowl goes through Baltimore. All eyes are looking forward.
The game that will kick off the 2013 season is a rematch of that epic game only in terms of the franchises that are playing. Both teams have undergone changes, some more drastic than others.
Here is a recap of those changes, for both teams, to get you ready for the big game.