NFL Game Summary - Denver at Baltimore|
(Sunday, November 1st)
Final Score: Baltimore 30, Denver 7
Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) -- Joe Flacco threw for 175 yards and a
touchdown, and the Baltimore Ravens used a stifling display on defense to hand
the previously unbeaten Denver Broncos a 30-7 loss at M&T Bank Stadium.
Flacco connected on 20-of-25 passes -- including his final 14 of the game --
to tie a franchise record for completion percentage, while Ray Rice rushed for
84 yards and a touchdown to help Baltimore (4-3) halt a frustrating three-game
losing streak and deal the AFC West-leading Broncos (6-1) their first defeat
after six straight wins under first-year head coach Josh McDaniels. Rookie
Lardarius Webb added a 95-yard kick return touchdown in the convincing
The story of the afternoon, however, was the performance of the Baltimore
defense. The Ravens limited Denver to 200 total yards -- including a mere 134
net yards through the air, with Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton managing only
152 yards on 23-of-37 passing. He was also sacked twice.
"Today we all stepped up," said Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth. "One of
the things that [head] coach [John] Harbaugh is saying is that we're the same
team if we were 6-0, but we're 3-3. It's just we didn't get some breaks, and
today I think we created our own breaks. We still had some plays that didn't
go our way, (but) we fought through and kept playing and played well the
Flacco's 80-percent completion rate matched a Ravens single-game mark most
recently set by Elvis Grbac, who went 16-for-20 in a 24-14 loss at Cleveland
on October 21, 2001.
Baltimore outscored Denver by a 24-7 margin after intermission. The Broncos
had yielded only 10 points in the second half and overtime during their six
"We were outcoached, outplayed, basically in every phase," said McDaniels.
"Anytime you go on the road against a good football team and you don't bring
your 'A' game, this is what can happen to you."
The Broncos entered the contest ranked atop the NFL in scoring defense and
second overall in total yards allowed, but it was Baltimore's 19th-rated stop
unit that dictated play from the onset. Orton was leveled for a sack by
linebacker Jarret Johnson on the game's first play and Denver went three-and-
out on its initial two possessions.
The defense also had a direct hand in Baltimore's first points, as safety Ed
Reed put a vicious hit on Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno late in the
first quarter to force a fumble that was recovered by Terrell Suggs on the
Denver 23-yard line. The turnover set up Steven Hauschka's 43-yard field goal
that gave Baltimore a 3-0 edge with under one minute remaining in the opening
The Ravens extended the margin to 6-0 with an 11-play, 46-yard drive capped by
Hauschka's 35-yard field goal with 4:58 left in the first half. Webb made the
lead double digits when he took the second-half kickoff at his own five-yard
line and burst through a wedge in the middle of the field before outracing the
Broncos' coverage team to the end zone for his first career touchdown.
"Everybody just got their man," said Webb in reference to his blockers. "I
just saw a hole and ran as fast as I can."
Denver, which has overcome a second-half deficit four times during its season-
opening win streak, responded with its best drive of the day, a 10-play, 86-
yard march culminating in Moreno's one-yard touchdown run with just over five
minutes elapsed in the third quarter. A 39-yard pass interference penalty on
Foxworth put the Broncos into Baltimore territory, while Reed committed a
costly offsides infraction in a 4th-and-1 situation to keep the series alive.
Orton also delivered a 14-yard strike to Jabar Gaffney on 3rd-and-9 which
placed the ball at the Ravens' 15.
Baltimore answered by moving inside the Denver 15-yard line and went ahead by
a 16-7 count when Hauschka split the uprights from 31 yards away with 4:55 to
go in the third quarter. Flacco went 4-for-4 for 33 yards on the 10-play
After the Ravens forced another three-and-out, Flacco engineered another long
drive in which the strong-armed signal-caller had three key third-down
completions. He hooked up with Kelley Washington for gains of 18 and 22 yards
to move the chains, then later fired a 20-yard strike to Derrick Mason with
13:07 remaining that gave Baltimore a comfortable 23-7 lead.
"Flacco really did a nice job," McDaniels remarked. "[He] did a nice job of
hitting some things, and then he bought himself some time. There were chances
where we had an opportunity to get him in the pocket and just didn't get it
done. Again, they executed better than we did, and they deserved to win
because of it."
Prior to the game, Opponents had converted a paltry 2-of-35 third-down
opportunities on the Denver defense in the second-half over the course of this
Rice concluded the scoring with a seven-yard touchdown burst just after the
two-minute warning. The touchdown finished off a nine-play, 53-yard possession
in which the Ravens ran the ball exclusively.
Webb's kick return touchdown was the first by a Ravens player since Yamon
Figurs had a 95-yard runback against Indianapolis on December 9,
2007...Hauschka's three field goals were a career high...The Broncos are now
0-4 all-time at M&T Bank Stadium, including a 21-3 loss in an AFC Wild Card
Playoff in 2000...Ravens tight end Todd Heap had his 400th career reception
when he hauled in a seven-yard pass from Flacco in the first quarter...Broncos
offensive tackle Ryan Harris left the contest early in the second quarter with
an injured toe and did not return...Ravens defensive lineman Haloti Ngata was
taken out in the third quarter with an ankle injury.
11/01 17:47:52 ET