Manning says beating Ravens in Week 1 set tone

Manning says beating Ravens in Week 1 set tone
January 28, 2014, 4:45 pm
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(Associated Press)

NEWARK, N. J. - Peyton Manning fondly remembers a game the Ravens would love to forget. Back in September, Manning torched the Ravens for seven touchdown passes on the way to a 49-27 victory. It was only Week 1. But that was the first indication to Manning that Denver’s offense could be special, with the addition of wide receiver Wes Welker, and Julius Thomas starting at tight end.

“It was a heck of an opening night,” Manning said Tuesday at Super Bowl media day. “Anytime you get to play the defending Super Bowl champs, a team that put you out of the playoffs the year before, there was no question our team was motivated. It was kind of our night.

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“In training camp and preseason you say, ‘Boy, I think this Julius Thomas is pretty good, and I can tell Welker and my timing is pretty good.’ You just don’t know. For Julius to catch two touchdowns, for Wes Welker and I to hit up on a couple of things, I know it gave me confidence, and I know it gave those guys confidence as well. To beat an outstanding team like the Ravens, coming off their Super Bowl, it definitely gave our team a lot of confidence.”

The Broncos want to follow in the Ravens’ footsteps and win the Super Bowl. If that happens, Manning will remember beating Baltimore in Week 1 as a game that helped set the tone for a special season.