Broncos defeat Baltimore Ravens 34-17

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Broncos take on Ravens Dec. 16, 2012. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Broncos take on Ravens Dec. 16, 2012. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

BALTIMOREThe Broncos defeated the Ravens 34-17 in what turned out to be an exciting game in Baltimore Sunday.

The Denver Broncos have now won nine consecutive games in a row, securing the team’s 34-17 victory over the Ravens. 

Analysis by Marcelo Villa

Joe Flacco hit Dennis Pitta for a 31-yard TD to give the Ravens their first TD of the game. However, Denver was still ahead 34-17 in the fourth quarter.

Since 2001, the Ravens were 5-2 against the Broncos, but this was the first time they faced the Broncos squad led by Peyton Manning.

Featuring a top-10 offense and defense, Denver continued their winning streak to nine in a row. Meanwhile, Baltimore has now lost three games in a row.

2:00 p.m. — Broncos know its over. Time to get the youngsters some playing time, Osweiler now in as QB.

1:48 p.m. — Flacco hits Pitta for his second TD pass of the game. This one goes for 61 yards and the Ravens have cut Denver’s lead. Broncos are up 34-17.

1:42 p.m. — Matt Prater tacks on a 36-yard field goal as this game is as good as done with less than five minutes remaining.

Denver leads 34-10.

1:26 p.m. —Finally, the Ravens get a TD to lift their spirits. Too bad they waited until the fourth quarter. Nice grab by Pitta for the 31-yard score. Score is now 31-10. Denver still leading in the fourth quarter.

1:11 p.m. — Ravens offense looks defeated. Players have no emotion, no sense of urgency, nothing. Heads down on the sidelines.

1:00 p.m. — Moreno walks into the end zone untouched. 6 yard TD. Broncos lead Ravens 31-3 in the third quarter. Baltimore is quickly digging itself in a deep hole.

12:50 p.m. — We’ve seen that hookup all day long as Manning hits Decker in stride for his ninth TD catch of the season. Denver leads 24-3 with a little more than nine minutes remaining in the third quarter.

12:43 p.m. — Justin Tucker hits a 45-yarder to get the Ravens on the board. Denver still leads 17-3.

12:19 p.m. — Epic fail…Chris Harris picks off Flacco near the goal line and takes it all the way to the house. Wow.

Denver now leads 17-0 with seconds left in the first half.

12:08 p.m. — Manning, Decker and Moreno moving the chains for Denver today. Decker and Manning have connected on five completions today.

11:47 p.m. — Longtime San Diego Charger Jacob Hester takes the ball right into the end zone. His first TD as a member of the Broncos. Denver is now up 10-0 in the second quarter.

11:45 p.m. — Decker caught that ball, but just before he extends his arm over the pylon, he goes out of bounds.

11:37 pm — With only three points scored in the first quarter and about three minutes to go, this is beginning to look like a stalemate. Not necessarily bad offense, but both defenses are just that good.