Manning makes history as Broncos rout Ravens

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Updated: September 6, 2013

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Peyton Manning put on a performance for the
ages, and the Denver Broncos exacted their revenge for last year’s heart-
breaking loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Divisional Playoffs.

Manning became the sixth player in NFL history to throw for seven touchdowns
in a single game, as the Broncos spoiled the start of the reigning Super Bowl
champion Ravens’ title defense with a resounding 49-27 triumph Thursday in the
season-opener for both teams at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Five of Manning’s touchdown tosses came in the second half, as Denver turned a
three-point halftime deficit into a comfortable 25-point cushion by scoring 28
straight points to start the second half.

Manning finished 27-of-42 passing for 462 yards and joined Y.A. Tittle, Joe
Kapp, George Blanda, Sid Luckman and Adrian Burk as the only players in NFL
history to throw for seven scores in a game.

Wes Welker, Julius Thomas and Demaryius Thomas each hauled in two TDs for the
reigning AFC West champion Broncos (1-0), who finished 13-3 last season and
had the No. 1 seed in the AFC before being upended by the Ravens in the
postseason.

Welker, a key free agent acquisition by Denver, finished with nine catches for
67 yards in his first game as a Bronco after spending the previous six seasons
with rival New England.

Julius Thomas hauled in five passes for 110 yards, while Demaryius Thomas led
all receivers with 161 yards on five grabs in the victory.

The defending champion Ravens have a much different look this season, with
eight starters gone from last year’s squad, including future Hall-of-Famer Ray
Lewis, safety Ed Reed and wide receiver Anquan Boldin.

The departures were evident on the defensive side of the ball, as the Ravens
(0-1) allowed a franchise-record 49 points in their first game since their
34-31 triumph over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.

Joe Flacco finished 34-of-62 passing for 362 yards, two touchdowns and two
interceptions, while Ray Rice managed just 36 yards and a score on 12 carries
for Baltimore, which went 10-6 in the regular season last year before running
the table in the playoffs.