DENVER-Eight months after pulling off one of the greatest upsets in NFL playoff history, the Ravens waked out of Sports Authority Field defeated, taken apart and exposed by Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.
In a 49-27 route in a game that they led at halftime, The Ravens defensive breakdowns consisted of breakdowns and penalties.
Manning's seven touchdown passes was the most allowed by the Ravens, which historically ties the NFL record for the most touchdown passes. Manning connected with four receivers in the third quarter and turned around a three-point deficit into blow out.
Manning hit Demaryius Thomas for a 26-yard score early in the fourth quarter for the sixth touchdown. The Denver Broncos made no hesitation to take a knock at the defending champions, who knocked them out of the playoffs in a double-overtime thriller in January in the exact stadium.
"We're better," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "We can play better. We gave them too many things, too many open guys, too many things where we just need to get better at communication [and] things early in the season. Those were issues that we had out there that we need to clean up."
The Ravens hope to work out all their issues as they head home to host the Cleveland Browns next Sunday.