The annual Thursday Night Kickoff Game as the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens travel to Sports Authority Field at Mile High to face the Denver Broncos.
Final Score: Baltimore 27 Denver 49
Baltimore Ravens 27
Denver Broncos 49
Early in the fourth quarter Denver Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan committed a major blunder when he intercepted Joe Flacco and headed unchallenged towards the end zone. He began celebrating early and dropped the ball at the 1-yard line when. The ball eventually rolled out of the back of the end zone, resulting in a touchback with Baltimore getting ball back at their 20 yard line.
On the play, fellow linebacker Wesley Woodyard was injured when he tried to recover Trevathan's fumble. The nature and seriousness of the injury was not known.
Denver QB Peyton Manning set or tied the following NFL and team records in this game:
- most games in a career throwing at least four touchdown passes: 23 (ties Brett Favre)
- most games in a career throwing at least five touchdown passes: 7 (ties Drew Brees)
- most games in a career throwing at least six touchdown passes: 3 (NFL record)
- most touchdown passes on one game: 7 (sets club record and ties the NFL record, last accomplished in 1969 by Joe Kapp)
- most games in a career throwing for at least 300 yards: 73 (extends own record)
This is the first time since 2003 and the first time ever in the eight-year history of NBC Sunday Night Football that the Super Bowl champion opened the season on the road. The Ravens could not play at home due to a scheduling conflict with the Orioles. The baseball and football stadiums are next to each other and they share one parking lot.
The 49 points allowed by the Ravens is a single game franchise record.
(on Peyton Manning's seven touchdown passes)
Joe Flacco: That's a sweet way to start a season. You get ahead throwing that many touchdowns. I mean, shoot, he's almost halfway to 20 already.
Peyton Manning: I don't like excuses but I do think that lightning delay did slow us down. You guys have seen teams break it down: you come up for the team prayer, you put your hands in and you say, 'Broncos on 3,' and you go out to the field. We did it three times tonight. We did it, went back and sat down for 10 minutes and came back up again. 'Broncos on 3,' now sit down for another 10 minutes. I know they had to deal with it, too, but it took us a while to get started.
Joe Flacco: It was a pretty good game for a while and it got away from us.
The start of this game was delayed by 33 minutes due to lightning in the area.
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