Denver 34, Baltimore 17

Sunday, December 16, 2012 1:00 PM
WHEN: 1:00 PM EST, Sunday, December 16, 2012
WHERE: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland
TEMPERATURE: 53°
HEAD OFFICIAL: Peter Morelli
ATTENDANCE: 71317

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Denver 3 14 14 3 34
Baltimore 0 0 3 14 17

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Denver 11-3 5-1 6-2 W9
Baltimore 9-5 5-2 4-3 L3

Recap


Broncos 34, Ravens 17:
Knowshon Moreno rushed for 118 yards and a touchdown and Peyton Manning added 204 passing yards and a score as visiting Denver trounced stumbling Baltimore, which still clinched a playoff spot when Pittsburgh lost later in the day.

Eric Decker caught eight passes for 133 yards and a TD and Chris Harris ran an interception back 98 yards for a score for the Broncos (11-3), who won their ninth straight game and moved a half-game in front of the New England Patriots for a first-round bye in the playoffs. The Patriots, who play later Sunday, hold the tiebreaker between the teams.

Joe Flacco went 20-of-40 for 254 yards, two touchdowns and interception while Ray Rice was held to 38 rushing yards for the Ravens (9-5), who wrapped up their fifth consecutive postseason berth despite dropping their third straight game and failing to clinch the AFC North title.

The turning point came late in the second quarter, when Baltimore was driving for a score that would have cut it to 10-7 before the half. But Harris jumped in front of wide receiver Anquan Boldin at the 2-yard line and beat Flacco down the sideline for a touchdown and a 17-0 Denver lead 15 seconds before the half.

The Ravens got on the board with a field goal out of the break but the Broncos responded immediately, when Manning found Decker for a 51-yard touchdown. Denver forced a three-and-out on the ensuing possession and needed only four plays to turn it into a 31-3 edge, with Moreno busting in for a 6-yard score.

GAME NOTEBOOK:
Moreno provided one of the highlights of the first half, when he broke through the first line of the Baltimore defense and then hurdled safety Ed Reed for a 20-yard gain. … Tight end Dennis Pitta caught a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown passes for the Ravens and finished with seven receptions for 125 yards. … Rice went over 1,000 yards for the season on a carry in the second quarter, giving him four straight years over 1,000.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
Denver   Baltimore
Knowshon Moreno Player Ray Rice
21 Attempts 12
115 Yards 38
5.5 Avg Yards 3.2
1 Touchdowns 0
20 Long 11
Receiving
Denver   Baltimore
Eric Decker Player Dennis Pitta
8 Receptions 7
133 Yards 125
16.6 Avg Yards 17.9
1 Touchdowns 2
51 Long 61

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Denver 350 163 187 4 2 1 3.0 2
Baltimore 278 56 222 2 1 0 2.0 1

Upcoming Games

  • Baltimore will play their next game at home against N.Y. Giants . The Ravens have a W/L % of .643 after a win and .643 after a loss.
  • Denver will play their next game at home against Cleveland. The Broncos have a W/L % of .786 after a win and .786 after a loss.