DENVER - Peyton Manning can’t get that pass back, but on Thursday night he can exact a measure of revenge. Not that he says he’s seeking any.
That’s when the NFL’s 94th season kicks off at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, as Manning’s Broncos play host to the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens (8:30 p.m. EDT).
A victory might be the best way for the Broncos to turn the page on that infamous wayward pass of Manning’s last January in overtime against the Ravens, in their divisional playoff game.
With the score 35-35 on that frigid evening, Manning evaded pressure in Broncos territory, rolled right and threw softly against his body to receiver Brandon Stokley. The pass was inaccurate and lifeless, allowing Ravens cornerback Corey Graham to burst in and intercept.
A few plays later, Justin Tucker booted the Ravens into the AFC title game. Two weeks later, Baltimore won Super Bowl XLVII.