The Baltimore Ravens began their defense of the Super Bowl in Denver, but their new-look defense couldn’t keep up with Broncos QB Peyton Manning and his array of receivers.
Manning threw 7 touchdown passes, including two to new TE Wes Welker, en route to a 49-27 pounding over the Ravens. Manning became the 6th QB to throw seven TDs in one game, and the first to do so in 44 years.
Baltimore QB Joe Flacco and the offense started out strong. On the team’s second drive, Flacco connected twice with WR Torrey Smith on 3rd downs as part of an 80-yard drive to set up the opening touchdown of the night. The Ravens would score another touchdown on a muffed punt by Welker, and led 17-14 at halftime.
It was all Manning and the Broncos after that, scoring three touchdowns in the opening nine minutes of the second half to take a 35-17 lead.
Flacco rallied the team for an 80-yeard touchdown drive in the 4th quarter, after throwing an interception, but it wasn’t enough. The Broncos defense was able to swarm the front line and kept applying pressure to Flacco in the second half. He ended the night completing 34 of 62 passes for 362 yards, two TDs and two interceptions.