Third-and-1 from DEN 46, 12:17 1st quarter: Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco took the snap and executed a quarterback sneak for what would have been a first down, but defensive tackle Justin Bannan wrenched the ball away for a fumble, and safety Rahim Moore fell on the ball to give the Broncos possession. Denver’s offense responded with a touchdown drive.
Second-and-6 from BAL 31, 8:12 2nd quarter: On their sixth drive of the game, the Ravens finally picked up a first down thanks to a 14-yard run by Bernard Pierce. To that point, the Broncos had forced a fumble followed by four consecutive three-and-outs. On the very next play, an offensive holding penalty got Baltimore behind the chains, and the team had to punt right back to Denver four plays later as the Broncos defense continued to dominate the first half.
First-and-10 from DEN 27, 12:59 3rd quarter: The Ravens opened the second half with a steady drive into Denver territory. But on first down, linebacker Von Miller stopped running back Ray Rice at the line of scrimmage for no gain. Two consecutive incompletions by quarterback Joe Flacco let the Ravens with a fourth down, and Baltimore had to settle for a 45-yard field goal. Denver scored a touchdown on its ensuing drive to extend its lead to 24-3.
Third-and-8 from BAL 45, 7:14 4th quarter: After Baltimore scored its only touchdown of the game up to that point, the Broncos offense was driving down the field, looking to answer. But a long drive would have been for naught if the Broncos couldn’t convert a third-and-long near midfield. Quarterback Peyton Manning dropped back and hit wide receiver Eric Decker for a 13-yard gain and a first down — and Ravens cornerback Cary Williams tacked 15 yards onto that with an unnecessary roughness penalty. Four play later, the Broncos capped off a 15-play drive that took 9:59 off the clock with a Matt Prater field goal.
Second-and-16 from BAL 29, 0:05 4th quarter: Defensive end Elvis Dumervil raced around his defender to sack Flacco, taking down the Baltimore quarterback for the team’s second sack in as many plays to end the game and seal the win.