BALTIMORE — With Peyton Manning and a Super Bowl-worthy defense, anything is possible for the Broncos.
Even beating the Ravens at their place.
Denver smashed Baltimore 34-17 at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday. It wasn't that close.
The Broncos won in Baltimore for the first time since 1983, when the franchise was the Colts. It was their first-ever win against the Ravens in Baltimore.
The Broncos hit the Ravens from all angles. Manning burned their defense with a 51-yard touchdown pass to Eric Decker in the third quarter. Baltimore was held scoreless in a first half for the first time in five years.
Fans began to hit the exits before the third quarter was over and the score had ballooned to 31-3.
Baltimore (9-5) is sputtering toward the playoffs. Denver (11-3) has won nine straight.
More coverage from Baltimore coming later on Gazette.com
Gazette.com Live Report — Broncos 31, Ravens 3 — End of third quarter
-Tom Crean's top-ranked Indiana basketball team lost Saturday. Brother-in-law John Harbaugh is getting whipped here today. Jim Harbaugh's Niners have the Pats tonight? Look out below.
-Up by four touchdowns, the Broncos still are passing. With their history in Baltimore, can you blame them?
-Last time Denver won in Baltimore: 1983 in Elway's second game. The Rockies have won in Baltimore three times since then.
-Strange, but the Broncos don't have a sack today.
-Flocks of Ravens fans left their seats with 1:57 left in the third quarter — either to go home or for more beer. Or both.
-It will be interesting to see if Jack Del Rio is pursued for a head-coaching position elsewhere. His defense is rocking and rolling. The Ravens on third down: 1 for 11.
Back at the final horn. Klee
Gazette.com Live Report — Broncos 17, Ravens 0 — Halftime
-Baltimore fans are angry at the officials. They should be angry at their head coach. Fire the offensive coordinator in Week 15? Red flag.
-The Ravens didn't earn a first down until 8:05 was left in the second quarter. The Broncos had nine first downs at that point.
-Just showed a guy on the Jumbotron holding a Coors Light. He looked about 16.
-Without turnovers, the Broncos will run away from the Ravens.
-The strange thing about Knowshon Moreno isn't how well he's running. It's this: Why was he a healthy inactive for all those weeks?
-Speaking of tailbacks, Jacob Hester scored his second touchdown since his rookie season in 2008. He figures to be Denver's go-to on the goal-line the rest of this season.
-Official attendance in this full house today: 70,317.
-Ray Rice passed 1,000 rushing yards for the season. That's about all the Ravens passed.
-Next week's opponent is Cleveland. Scoreboard watching: Browns 7, Redskins 7 (second quarter).
-Prior to the 43-yard pass from Flacco to Jones, the Ravens had 41 yards — total.
-Wild turn of events to close the first half. Chris Harris' 98-yard interception return was the longest regular-season INT return in club history. Today, it was a 14-point swing.
-So, to recap: Jacob Hester (signed off waivers) and Chris Harris (signed as undervalued free agent) scored touchdowns in the first half for Denver. Credit the front office.
-Fans booing the 9-4 home team as the Ravens left the field at halftime.
Back in a few. Klee
Gazette.com Live Report — Broncos 3, Ravens 0 — End of first quarter
-This Broncos defense right now is playing better than any Broncos defense I can remember.
-Baltimore's offense through 15 minutes: 12 plays, 21 yards, 0 first downs.
-Denver's issues in the red zone continue. So does the Ravens' handiwork in the red zone. Baltimore is No. 1 in the NFL in red-zone defense. Forced a field goal after the turnover.
-Make that six turnovers for Baltimore at home this season. Justin Bannan — a wine connoisseur when he's not causing turnovers — forced a Flacco fumble. (Say that five times fast... but not around the kids.) Rahim Moore recovered. Denver celebrated.
-This crowd seems anxious. Even with a 9-4 record, the Ravens are messy right now. Still think they play well today.
-The Ravens don't choose favorites. The Ravens taunt the bigger players (like Kevin Vickerson) and the smallest players (Trindon Holliday). They are non-stop taunters, too.
-Don't know if they've shown him on the TV, but Ray Lewis is on the sideline wearing all black with a back beanie and spends timeouts over by the defense's bench. He's chatting with Terrell Suggs at the moment.
Back at halftime. Klee
Gazette.com Live Report — Broncos (10-3) at Ravens (9-4) — M&T Bank Stadium — Kickoff
-This is the first game for Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell in that position. It's also the first time in over a decade he's called plays. Baltimore PR says he'll call plays from upstairs.
-Peyton Manning credited Caldwell, his former quarterbacks coach at Indianapolis, with a "huge impact on my career."
"I really felt he took my game to another level," Manning said the other day at Dove Valley. "He’s also been a tremendous friend to me and mentor. I miss being around him every day and I miss his friendship every day. That’s how I feel about Jim."
-Sellout crowd with some healthy booing as the Broncos took the field. Maybe the loudest cheers came for the introduction of wide receiver Torrey Smith. With all of their dancing and histrionics, the Ravens really play to this home crowd. The Ravens have won 23 of their past 25 games in this stadium — and have committed only five turnovers at home this season.
-Good weather so far. Might be rain coming in the second half. Right now: 51 degrees and overcast.
Back in a few. Klee
Gazette.com Live Report — Broncos (10-3) at Ravens (9-4) — M&T Bank Stadium — Kickoff: 11 a.m.
Morning everyone. Pleased to join you for a big one today. I'll be here with the Live Report through the final horn — hopefully with some juicy notes and observations from M&T Bank Stadium. Let's get started...
-Can't say enough about M&T Bank Stadium. (Photo here). Attractive place, super fan-friendly, very purple and... enclosed. It feels like the fans are right on top of the field. Festive tailgating scene outside the stadium as well. Baltimore knows how to throw a football party.
-The Ravens Ring of Honor includes these names: Matt Stover, Michael McCrary, Jonathan Ogden, Art Modell, Earnest Byner, Peter Boulware, Jamal Lewis.
-The stands are filled with No. 52 jerseys. Ray Lewis will be pictured often on your broadcast — but not in uniform. He practiced this week and is expected to be activated in the near future.
-The Broncos arrived in Baltimore on Friday. Players dig John Fox's approach to eastward road trips, leaving an extra day early.
-Here's the latest Peyton Manning milestone: With one more win, he will become the first NFL quarterback of the Super Bowl era to achieve nine 11-win seasons.
-Broncos inactives: Hanie, Caldwell, Porter, Ball, Kuper, Julius Thomas and Siliga.
Questions or comments on the game? Feel free to contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or through Twitter. Back in a few minutes. Klee