Broncos 7

(6-1, 3-1 away)

Ravens 30

(4-3, 3-1 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, November 1, 2009

M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD 

1 2 3 4 T
DEN 0 0 7 07
BAL 3 3 10 1430

Top Performers

Passing: J. Flacco (BAL) - 175 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: R. Rice (BAL) - 23 CAR, 84 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: K. Washington (BAL) - 4 REC, 58 YDS

Ravens return kickoff 95 yards for touchdown to give Broncos first loss

Associated Press

BALTIMORE -- The Denver Broncos went from unbeaten to overmatched during a 60-minute beatdown by the Baltimore Ravens.

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Rookie Lardarius Webb returned the second-half kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown, and Baltimore ended a three-game losing streak with a surprisingly easy 30-7 victory Sunday.

It was Denver's first loss under rookie head coach Josh McDaniels. The Broncos (6-1) came in with the NFL's top-ranked defense, a plus-7 turnover differential and one of the league's best kick returners in Eddie Royal. Denver had also outscored the opposition 76-10 after halftime.

The Ravens, however, dominated every facet of the game.

"We didn't play our best ball, but they're a pretty good team and they beat us pretty good today on all sides of the ball," Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton said. "We didn't really do a whole lot."

No Mistakes

Joe Flacco was stellar managing the Ravens' offense, including completing 9-of-9 passes in the second half and converting on 11-of-18 third downs.

Flacco by half
1st half 2nd half
Comp-att 11-16 9-9
Yards 70 105
TD-Int 0-0 1-0
Passer rating 77.6 152.3

-- ESPN Stats and Information

Baltimore (4-3) limited Denver to 200 yards, scored off the game's lone turnover, won the special teams fight and outscored the Broncos 24-7 in the second half.

Denver started the day as one of three unbeaten teams in the NFL and was trying to go 7-0 for the first time since 1998. Baltimore needed a win to avoid falling under .500 and dropping two games behind Pittsburgh and Cincinnati in the AFC North.

In a duel between an undefeated team and a desperate one, the Ravens prevailed.

"They just did a better job of executing. Desperation had nothing to do with it," Broncos safety Brian Dawkins said.

Baltimore held Royal in check, bottled up Orton and became the first team this season to rush for more than 100 yards against Denver. Given two weeks to think about a three-game skid in which they lost by a combined 11 points, the Ravens started fast and never relented.

Fast Facts

• The Broncos lost for the first time this season as they allowed 24 points in the second half after giving up 10 points in the second half of their first six games.

• Baltimore snapped a three-game losing streak and scored 30 points in a game for the fifth time this season.

• Joe Flacco improved to 9-3 in his career at home as he threw for 175 yards with a touchdown, his seventh straight game with at least one touchdown pass.

•  Kyle Orton did not throw a touchdown for the first time this season as he threw for 152 yards.

• The Broncos were held to season lows in rushing yards (66) and rushing attempts (19).

• Rapid Reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

"We know we're capable of doing this kind of thing," said Joe Flacco, who went 20 for 25 for 175 yards and a touchdown. "We had a chance in the other games. Today we finished. That's why we won."

Baltimore went up 13-0 when Webb turned the second-half kickoff into his first NFL touchdown. After breaking free around his own 30, the speedy rookie cut right and outran his pursuers into the corner of the end zone.

"All 10 guys got their body on someone," Webb said. "I just saw a hole and ran."

The Broncos responded with an 86-yard march fueled by three Baltimore penalties totaling 44 yards. A 39-yard pass interference call on Domonique Foxworth and an offside by Ed Reed on a fourth-and-1 led to a 1-yard touchdown run by Knowshon Moreno.

The Ravens answered with a field goal for a 16-7 lead, then went up 23-7 on a 20-yard pass from Flacco to Derrick Mason with 13:07 left.

Ray Rice capped the rout with a 7-yard touchdown run with 1:59 to go. Rice ran for 84 yards, the most by one player against Denver this season.

And now, the Ravens have some momentum heading into next week's showdown against Cincinnati.

"Around the locker room it's going to be more upbeat," Foxworth said. "It's amazing how winning heals all wounds."

The Broncos, for the first time under McDaniels, will have to rebound from a defeat.

"Anytime you have a game like this, it forces you to look in a mirror," McDaniels said. "Hopefully we can find out just as much about one another ... through the adversity of a loss as you can through six wins."

The Broncos managed only 79 yards in being held scoreless in the first half for the first time this season.

The tone was set on first play from scrimmage, when Ravens linebacker Jarret Johnson blitzed untouched from the left side and sacked Orton for an 8-yard loss.

"That's not the way you want to start the game, for sure," Orton said. "It's not just one play. We had a number of plays where we just didn't execute. They were just better than us."

Denver made only one first down in the first quarter, and Moreno's fumble on a screen pass led to Steve Hauschka's field goal for a 3-0 lead.

The Ravens added a field goal in the second quarter.

Game notes

Ravens DT Haloti Ngata left with a sprained ankle. X-rays were negative. ... Denver RT Ryan Harris sustained a toe injury. ... Flacco has thrown a TD pass in seven straight games. ... Denver fell to 15-6 after an off week.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1716
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays5862
Total Yards200292
Yards per play3.44.7
Total Drives1111
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-11-3
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

balFG1:02Steven Hauschka 43 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 4 plays, -2 yds, 1:48
balFG5:03Steven Hauschka 35 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 11 plays, 46 yds, 5:55
balTD15:00Lardarius Webb 95 Yard Kickoff Return (Steven Hauschka Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 95 yds, 0:00
denTD9:48Knowshon Moreno 1 Yard Run (Matt Prater Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 86 yds, 5:00
balFG4:59Steven Hauschka 31 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 10 plays, 69 yds, 4:51
balTD13:13Derrick Mason 20 Yard Pass From Joe Flacco (Steven Hauschka Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 73 yds, 5:18
balTD2:04Ray Rice 7 Yard Run (Steven Hauschka Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 53 yds, 5:05