Aug 29, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) walks off the field after the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 19-12. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
#1- Peyton Manning Begins Record-Setting Year-September 5th, 2013
The Broncos entered the 2013 offseason with a lot of pain from the loss to the Ravens. However, when the 2013 schedule came out, the first team was the Baltimore Ravens. Redemption was served on that Thursday evening.
Baltimore had to travel to Denver due to parking complications since the Ravens and the MLB’s Baltimore Orioles shared the same lot. The Ravens would begin the title defense in the Mile High city.
This game was known for Peyton Manning serving his dish of redemption as he threw for seven touchdowns in the game, which tied an NFL record. The first two went to Julius Thomas, a tight end who would have a breakout year as well.
The Ravens started off well, once again going toe-to-toe with the Broncos. But the Broncos started to pull away in the third quarter and never looked back this time, as the team outscored the Ravens 21-0 in the third quarter. In fact, Baltimore did not score in the second half until the Broncos held a 42-17 lead.
This began a record year for Peyton Manning and the Broncos offense as the team would go on to their first Super Bowl appearance since 1999.