After a 35-minute delay at the start of the game because of the threat of lightning in Denver, Peyton Manning and the Broncos provided their own version of football lightning in the NFL season opener.
Manning tied the NFL record with seven touchdown passes and the Broncos blitzed the Baltimore Ravens with 28 unanswered points to break open a close game and beat the defending Super Bowl champions 49-27. Manning is the first NFL QB since Joe Kapp in 1969 to have a seven-TD game. Manning finished 27-for-42 for 462 yards.
Manning connected with his new target, Wes Welker, and former college basketball player Julius Thomas and Demaryius Thomas for two TDs apiece. He's the sixth NFL QB to have a seven-TD game.
The early season bonehead play award went to Denver linebacker Danny Trevanthan. While returning a sure-fire interception that would have given the Broncos a 31-point lead, Trevanthan began his TD celebration a bit too early, dropping the ball just short of the end zone. Instead of six points for Denver, the Ravens got the ball back. But Manning's performance was too much to let the Ravens back in the game.
The temperature at kickoff was 83 degrees, a drastic change from when Baltimore and Denver met at Mile High in January for a playoff game. Back then, the temperature was 13 degrees as the Ravens ended the Broncos' season 38-35 in double overtime.