NFL: Peyton Manning inspires Denver Broncos to revenge win over Baltimore Ravens
Last Updated: September 6, 2013 2:00pm
Peyton Manning: Threw seven touchdown passes for the Broncos
Denver Broncos got the new NFL season off to a flying start after a 49-27 rout of defending champions Baltimore Ravens at Mile High Stadium.
The Broncos gained revenge for their double overtime loss to the Ravens in last season's play-offs in emphatic fashion.
They ran in seven touchdowns - with three coming without reply in the third quarter as they took control - while Peyton Manning completed 27-of-42 for 462 yards.
His haul of seven touchdown passes tied the NFL record - with Minnesota Vikings quarterback Joe Kapp the last player to achieve the feat in 1969.
The match had been all square as the two giants slugged it out early on and went blow-for-blow. But from trailing 17-14 at the end of the second quarter, Denver cut loose.
Wes Welker, Julius Thomas and Demaryius Thomas all crossed for two touchdowns apiece, while Manning's 28-yard scoring pass to Andre Caldwell saw the Broncos move into the lead for the first time.
It turned out to be a nightmare day for John Harbaugh's Ravens, despite Joe Flacco connecting with Vonta Leach to give the champions an early lead.
Ray Rice and Marlon Brown also crossed for touchdowns, while Justin Tucker landed field goals from 25 and 30 yards.
Flacco, though, finished with mixed figures - with his two touchdown passes offset by two interceptions, while he completed 34-of-62 for 362 yards.
And things got worse for the Ravens as Jacoby Jones and Michael Oher picked up injuries.
Jones damaged his right knee after colliding with team-mate Brynden Trawick, while Oher sprained his ankle in the second period.