So here we are. Crisp cool air, with the smell of fall in the air, as well as football. It’s been a long time since we have been privileged to see a battle on the gridiron, but wait “never more”! We have FINALLY reach the season, and what a thriller the NFL has been so kind to bless us with. The Rematch between the Ravens and the Broncos from last year’s playoffs.
The 2012 Baltimore Ravens lost 4 of their last 5 regular season games, made the playoffs with a 10-6 record, and defeated the Indianapolis Colts in the first round. A game that no one had thought the Ravens would win. Then they went on to face the Denver Broncos in round 2. Now everyone thought for sure this was to be the Ravens demise, as the heavily favored Peyton Manning and Bronco’s hosted the Ravens. This is a game that could not be settled in 4 quarters, or over time, but took a second over time (first time in 9 years) for the Ravens to pull out the victory over the Broncos, who were 13-3 in the regular season and won 10 out of 10 coming into the playoffs.
Joe Flacco threw 331 yards, 3 TD’s, and zero interceptions, including the last minute pass in regulation to Jacoby Jones on blown coverage by Rahim Moore to tie it up and send it to OT, and Ray Rice piled up 131 yards on 30 carries and 1 TD. Peyton Manning Matched the 3 TD’s of Flacco, but along with 2 interceptions, including 1 late in the first OT.
The Ravens took that momentum and confidence on to New England, and won that close game to face the Niners in the Superbowl, and win their 2nd franchise Championship.
That was then. This is now. Ravens had a HUGE turnaround in personnel, losing greats such as Ray Lewis, Anquan Boldin, and Ed Reed. While the Broncos upgraded with the addition of Wes Welker, giving what I feel will be the edge for the Broncos in the season opener, with the Broncos victorious, 31 to 13.
SGN Chief Correspondent