Baltimore Ravens vs. Denver Broncos: Live Score and Analysis
Football is back!
After a lengthy weather delay, the Ravens and Broncos are finally on the field to kick off the 2013 NFL season.
This game is a rematch of the last season's divisional round game, which the Ravens won in double overtime, 38-35.
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That'll do it in Denver. The Broncos open up the season in style, defeating the Ravens 49-27.
The 49 points are the most the Ravens have ever allowed.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) September 6, 2013
Not a great first game for the defending champs.
4:30 remaining in the fourth quarter.
TOUCHDOWN Denver. Peyton Manning with a short pass to Demaryius Thomas, who takes it 78 yards for the touchdown. Broncos lead 49-27.
5:29 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Justin Tucker connects on a field goal attempt to make it a 42-27 game. This game is still in Denver's hands, but Baltimore sure is making it interesting.
Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan had a chance to make the game 49-17, but this happened.
10:28 remaining in the fourth quarter.
TOUCHDOWN Baltimore. Joe Flacco finds the rookie Marlon Brown in the end zone to make the game 42-24. The Ravens still haven't made this competitive, but they're avoiding the blowout.
12:13 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Vintage Peyton Manning has been on display tonight. He has capitalized on a porous secondary and reaped the benefits. Six touchdown passes and no interceptions.
13:13 remaining in the fourth quarter.
TOUCHDOWN Denver. Peyton Manning hits Demaryius Thomas for an easy touchdown. The Broncos are pouring it on right now, leading 42-17.
End of the third quarter.
Baltimore's offense continues to prevent this game from becoming close again. With just three healthy wide receivers now, the Ravens are gassed on offense, and there's little sign that they'll give the Broncos a run in the fourth quarter.
1:40 remaining in the third quarter.
Denver's defense has capitalized on the opportunity in the second half. No Champ Bailey or Von Miller for Denver, but Joe Flacco has been under duress all night and hasn't looked comfortable since the first quarter.
3:18 remaining in the third quarter.
The Ravens should be regretting the fact they carried just four cornerbacks for this game. Using only four corners against Peyton Manning in high altitude is just asking for struggles, which has been the case.
6:37 remaining in the third quarter.
TOUCHDOWN Denver. Peyton Manning finds Wes Welker again for an easy touchdown, making it 35-17. This is starting to get ugly in Denver. Looks like the Broncos have this game on cruise control now.
9:14 remaining in the third quarter.
This is starting to look like Denver's game for the taking. Baltimore's offense has stalled in the second half, and drops have been an overwhelming theme. 28-17 lead for the Broncos.
10:28 remaining in the third quarter.
TOUCHDOWN Denver. Peyton Manning finds his new target Wes Welker to give the Broncos a 28-17 lead. If the Ravens can't sustain a drive, it looks like the Broncos could start to gain complete control of the game.
11:08 remaining in the third quarter.
A blocked punt by the Broncos gives them a chance to open up this game, starting on the Ravens' 10-yard line.
12:30 remaining in the third quarter.
Peyton Manning connects with Andre Caldwell to give the Broncos a 21-17 lead. The touchdown should have never happened, but John Harbaugh did not challenge an incomplete pass that was ruled complete a few plays prior to the score.
14:40 remaining in the third quarter.
A great night as a receiver, but a disappointing night as a blocker. Tight end Julius Thomas allowed Elvis Dumervil to easily get past him for a sack on the first play of the half.
Rookie Broncos running back Montee Ball was nowhere to be found in the first half. The rookie did not have an attempt, and it seems as if the Broncos are content with Knowshon Moreno and Ronnie Hillman for tonight's game.
Terrell Suggs provided an interesting sack dance near the end of the first half.
The Ravens lead the Broncos 17-14 in a back-and-forth game.
Some notable halftime stats:
Joe Flacco: 18/30, 183 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Peyton Manning: 11/19, 160 yards, 2 TD
Julius Thomas: 4 catches, 97 yards, 2 TD
Ray Rice: 10 carries, 38 yards, 1 TD
Seven seconds remaining in the second quarter.
A field goal by Justin Tucker gives the Ravens a 17-14 lead. Dallas Clark's drop near the end zone prevented a Ravens touchdown on third down.
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