Video: Peyton Manning's seven touchdowns make up for a multitude of dumb-ass sins

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Big photos, video below.
As a lifelong Broncos fan, I am typically paranoid as hell about the team -- fearful that the brighter the spotlight, the more likely the squad is to screw up in it for all the world to see. And there were certainly some ugly moments during last night's kickoff to the NFL season against the Super Bowl champion (hate typing that) Baltimore Ravens; we'll get to those shortly.

But there aren't many things on a gridiron that seven touchdown passes can't overwhelm, as Peyton Manning proved last night.

The hype surrounding the game was undeniably irritating at times, and that certainly carried over to the NBC broadcast itself, which introduced itself via enormous banners that covered thousands of fans like flattened-out tents, fireworks displays, a special appearance by Ryan Seacrest (!), and the ham-handed use of Europe's corporate-metal schlock-classic "Final Countdown," echoed by more than two-dozen NFL greats -- the last of whom was, of course, recently retired Raven Ray Lewis.

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Photo by Michael Roberts
The Joe Flacco banner on the side of Mile High Stadium.
Apparently, though, a higher power was no more amused by the Lewis cameo than by all those Joe Flacco banners around town, and on Mile High Stadium itself. Seconds after Lewis's face appeared on the Mile High Jumbotron, a lightning storm in the vicinity delayed the start of the contest for more than half an hour, throwing a major crimp into the network's carefully structured program.

This was pretty much the only electricity in evidence for much of the first quarter, at least from a Denver perspective. Early on, the Broncos offense moved in fits and starts -- something that seldom results in points. Worse, the Ravens, after some early struggles, began clicking, putting the first points on the board via a Flacco-to-Vonta Leach TD.

But the Ravens machine began to sputter after receiver Jacoby Jones was plowed under by his own teammate while trying to collect a second-quarter punt, and The Blindside centerpiece Michael Oher got pretty much the same treatment while watching Ray Rice run for Baltimore's second score.

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Julius Thomas celebrating a touchdown like the basketball player he was.
After that, the Ravens looked undermanned, confused and exhausted -- ripe for the picking, as it were. But the Broncos took their sweet time taking advantage. The Rice score wouldn't have happened if new acquisition Wes Welker hadn't muffed a punt -- an ironic gaffe, since he'd been put into the game to prevent main returner Trindon Holliday from doing the very same thing. And then, on a key third down early in the third quarter, with the Broncos trailing 17-14, Welker couldn't handle a Manning low-ball. Granted, he brought it in, but with a little help from the turf.

Continue for more about the Broncos victory, including more photos and a video.


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Angelica VonBeerstein
Angelica VonBeerstein

Aaron - your comments were right on until your very last word. Makes you no better for derogatory name calling...

Blake Kimmel
Blake Kimmel

what! 1st game in and I see the word 'superbowl' dropped, give it a few games already

Bradley Langston
Bradley Langston

lets not get too far ahead of ourselves. The season just started.

Chris Vann
Chris Vann

Can't win the Bowl in Sept. but you can lose it

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

The tired _____ fucking _____ meme is old and needs to go.

Aaron LeForce
Aaron LeForce

who the fuck do you think you are? you have no idea who the fuck i am, you can go fuck yourself for calling me a sheep. you do not know my life or my struggles. you have no fucking idea what i do on a daily basis, you old fucking man. i am an activist against GMO's, chemtrails and mono-crops i am also a marijuana activist and a horticulturist. i god damn guarantee that i see the world more clearly that you do. if i want to watch/go to a football game...it has nothing to do with the government 'distracting' me, or me being a 'sheep'...it has to do with me wanting to go to a fucking football game. same thing if i want to watch/go to a movie, of go to a bar (which i dont go to cause i do not drink)...is going to a bar the governments way of distracting? is fishing a government distraction? you are flat out retarded and people like you who feel they are so 'enlightened' are people who deserved to get punched in the face cause you are actually dragging everyone else down...but you are too fucking stupid to realize it. go fuck yourself and your ego Gaywolf!

Michael Sabin
Michael Sabin

@Rob, take a few more puffs on the Bong.....everything will be ok.....

Matt Schaub
Matt Schaub

Pey-Pey is the greatest regular season quarterback ever. As good as he was all last night, he's still 10-11 in the playoffs with nine one-and-done performances and half the Super Bowl wins his little brother has.

Ken Tucker
Ken Tucker

Living in a dark closet with no enjoyment is also no way to live..

Rob GraayWolf Denman
Rob GraayWolf Denman

The world is taring itself apart and humans are helping it along.... Who cares about football then when shortly the world as we know it will change for the worse for us. Sports are a tool by the government to distract us from the real issues... You all are sheeple watch your sports while the world ends... You deserve what you get....

Martin Diaz
Martin Diaz

WHOA! Better check with the 49ers and fudge packers first.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Rob GraayWolf Denman   Wow robbie, what an enlightened an thoughtful post.  But please, don't leave us hanging in intrigue.  What is going to happen "shortly"?

Can I at least watch some college ball this weekend?  I have a fishing trip planned for next week.  Should I cancel?

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