Denver (WSYR-TV/Sports Network) – Peyton Manning put on a performance for the ages on Thursday night and the Denver Broncos exacted their revenge for last year's AFC playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
Manning became the sixth player in NFL history to throw for seven touchdowns in a single game, as the Broncos spoiled the start of the reigning Super Bowl champion Ravens' title defense with a resounding 49-27 triumph Thursday in the season-opener for both teams at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Five of Manning's touchdown tosses came in the second half, as Denver turned a three-point halftime deficit into a comfortable 25-point cushion by scoring 28 straight points to start the second half.
Manning finished 27-of-42 passing for 462 yards and joined YA Tittle, Joe Kapp, George Blanda, Sid Luckman, and Adrian Burk as the only players in NFL history to throw for seven scores in a game.
No quarterback in the history of the NFL has thrown seven touchdowns without throwing an interception since Tittle.
"It's fun to play quarterback when you have a lot of guys working hard and making a lot of plays for you," Manning said. "You never know what's going to happen in a game. I felt like we had to keep scoring."