Peyton Manning throws seven TDs as Broncos bash Ravens

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning passes against the Baltimore Ravens in Denver, Sept. 5,...

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning passes against the Baltimore Ravens in Denver, Sept. 5, 2013. (RICK WILKING/Reuters)

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:58 AM ET

DENVER - Take that, Joe Flacco.

In a brilliant display of precision passing -- one of the best you’ll ever see -- Peyton Manning threw for an NFL-record-tying seven touchdowns Thursday night to lead the Denver Broncos to a 49-27 victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.

“It was incredible,” Broncos head coach John Fox said of Manning’s performance in the quarterback’s 15th season opener.

It was a scorching way to kick off the 94th NFL season on a hot, muggy night before 76,814 fans at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, even if there was another unlikely half-hour delay in a ballyhooed NFL game.

A passing thunderstorm delayed opening kickoff by 33 minutes. In the last meaningful NFL game before this, Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans last February, a power outage at the Superdome interrupted proceedings for 34 minutes.

So at least the delays are getting shorter.

Not that it mattered to Manning.

He might be 37, but against the Ravens he showed he’s as good as ever, as good as any quarterback the game has known, and significantly better than any of the young hotshots we NFL scribes forever froth over.


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