Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos opened the 2013 NFL season with a 49-27 thrashing of the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens. Granted, the 2013 Ravens are not the 2012 Super Bowl winning Ravens, but they are certainly not a cupcake either.
The start of the game was delayed briefly due to severe storms, but once the rain moved out of the Denver area the future Hall of Fame quarterback found one open receiver after the next. Before the night was over Manning tied an NFL record with seven touchdown passes. That hasn’t been done since 1969 when Joe Capp threw seven touchdowns to lead the Vikings to victory over the Baltimore Colts.
Manning was 27-42 with 462 passing yards and no interceptions. His passer rating on the night was an amazing 141.1.
In typical Peyton Manning fashion, the quarterback deflected praise to his teammates and coaches while frequently referring to the Ravens as a Super Bowl quality team. Once again, Peyton Manning proves why he is such a class act.