Q3 15:00: Matt Prater is on to kick off, as the Ravens will receive to start the second half.
Q3 14:46: Lardarius Webb takes the kickoff back 95 yards for a touchdown. Steve Hauschka’s extra point is good, and the Ravens now have a 13-0 lead.
RAVENS 13, BRONCOS 0
Q3 14:40: Eddie Royal is tripped up and taken down at the 14-yard line on the ensuing kickoff, and the crowd is chanting “Defense!” as Kyle Orton and the offense are back on the field. Orton rolls right and finds Tony Scheffler for a nine-yard completion to the 23-yard line.
Q3 14:05: Orton is under center on 2nd-and-1, and hands off to Knowshon Moreno, who picks up eight yards and the first down. On the next play, Orton is under center again, fakes a handoff and then fakes an end around before firing a pass downfield toward Brandon Marshall. Marshall leaps and tries to bring in the ball with one hand, as the defender looked to be holding his other arm. A pass interference flag is thrown, and the Broncos have a first down at the Baltimore 30-yard line.
Q3 13:08: Moreno picks up a yard after stiff-arming Terrell Suggs, and the crowd is booing as Orton is in the shotgun on 2nd-and-9. He has lots of time to throw, but the pass is nearly intercepted by Jarret Johnson intended for Scheffler. On 3rd-and-9, Orton drops back and fires for Jabar Gaffney for a first down. It’s a pick-up of 14 yards to the Baltimore 15-yard line.
Q3 12:03: Orton is in the shotgunbefore stepping up in teh pocket and finding Peyton Hillis inside the 10-yard line. Hillis is disappointed he didn’t break a tackle, pounding his fist, but the pick-up of six yards gives the Broncos a 2nd-and-4 at the 9-yard line. Orton is under center and hands off to Moreno. The rookie gets near the first-down marker, but it’s a 3rd-and-1 at the 6-yard line.
Q3 10:50: Orton fakes a hand-off and rolls right, firing a pass toward Daniel Graham that falls incomplete. The offense is still on the field on 4th-and-1, but Denver calls its first timeout of the half.
Q3 10:44: The offense is still on the field on the other side of the timeout. Moreno is in the backfield, and Royal, Gaffney and Marshall are to the left. Orton is under center, and Marshall goes in motion to the right side. Orton’s pass is complete to Marshall near the first-down marker, and a flag is on the field. It’s offsides on Ed Reed — half the distance to the goal and a first down for the Broncos.
Q3 10:25: 1st-and-goal for the Broncos brings a handoff to Moreno, who is brought down after a gain of a yard. Haloti Ngata is hurt on the field.
Q3 10:00: Ngata walks off the field under his own power with a bit of a limp, flanked by trainers. The teams walk back to the line of scrimmage, and the Broncos have a 2nd-and-goal from the 3-yard line. Orton fakes a handoff and fires a pass to Scheffler in the end zone that falls incomplete. Ray Lewis is called for pass interference on the play, however, and since the penalty is in the end zone, the Broncos have a 1st-and-goal on the 1-yard line.
Q3 9:46: Moreno takes the carry on first down and heads right up the middle for the touchdown. Prater’s extra point is good, and the Broncos pull back within a score of the Ravens.
RAVENS 13, BRONCOS 7
Q3 9:41: Welcome back, Spencer Larsen. He lays out Webb at the 18-yard line on the kickoff this time around. Now the Ravens offense is back on the field, and first down brings a sack by Andra Davis. There’s a flag on the play, however — illegal contact by Andre’ Goodman, a five-yard penalty and automatic first down.
Q3 9:33: It’s first down at the 23-yard line for the Ravens. Ray Rice takes the carry and essentially crawls on the ground under some defenders to pick up four yards. On second down, Rice takes another carry and finds space up the middle to the Baltimore 44-yard line. It’s a gain of 17 and a first down.
Q3 8:22: Rice takes yet another carry on first down — a two-yard gain. Second down sees Joe Flacco in the shotgun, and he gets it to Mark Clayton for another first down.
Q3 7:30: Back in a no-huddle offense, Rice gets another carry on first down. It’s a gain of six yards to the Denver 31-yard line. Flacco is in the shotgun and his pass is complete for 10 more yards and another first down. Renaldo Hill was shaken up on the play.
Q3 6:46: Hill is being helped off the field, walking between two trainers. Now the teams are back at the line and the Ravens have a 1st-and-10 at the Denver 21-yard line. Flacco is in the shotgun, but it’s a fumbled snap — however, the Ravens recover the fumble.
Q3 6:22: In the end, it’s a two-yard gain for the Ravens on fumble yardage. On 2nd-and-8, Flacco is again in the shotgun. His pass is complete to Mason for a pick-up of three yards. Third down has Flacco in the shotgun again. He takes the snap and is chased around in the pocket before being nailed by Vonnie Holliday. He gets the pass away and it’s complete to Rice, but it’s short of the first down marker.
Q3 4:55: Hauschka’s 31-yard field goal attempt sails through the uprights, and the Ravens tack on three more points.
RAVENS 16, BRONCOS 7
Q3 4:48: Royal takes the kickoff out to the 22-yard line, where the Denver offense takes over. Buckhalter is in the backfield on first down, and Orton is under center. Buckhalter takes the handoff, but he is brought down near the line of scrimmage for a loss of one.
Q3 4:15: Orton takes the snap in the shotgun and fires to Marshall, but the ball slips through his hands incomplete. That brings up 3rd-and-11 and the M&T Bank Stadium crowd is on its feet. Three receivers are on the field and Orton is in the shotgun. His pass is complete to Buckhalter, but it’s short of the first down — a gain of nine yards.
Q3 3:30: Mitch Berger’s punt flies to the Baltimore 27-yard line — a 43-yard punt. Willis McGahee takes the first-down carry for the Ravens, but he’s brought down for no gain by Elvis Dumervil. On 2nd-and-10, Flacco takes the snap and fakes a hand off to McGahee before turning right back around and dumping off a pass to the running back. McGahee avoids a tackler and gains five yards before being taken down by Ryan McBean.
Q3 1:47: Flacco completes a pass to Kelley Washington for a first down. On the next play, he hands off to Rice, but he’s taken down immediately in the backfield by Mario Haggan. It’s a loss of four yards.
Q3 0:31: Flacco is forced out of the pocket on second down and picks up a yard, setting up 3rd-and-13. He is hit as he throws, but finds a receiver short of the first down marker. There’s a flag on the play — offsides on the Broncos. That makes it 3rd-and-8 at the Denver 48-yard line. Flacco is in the shotgun with Rice to his right — but the clock ticks down to the end of the third quarter.
Q4 15:00: 3rd-and-8 for the Ravens. Flacco takes the snap in the shotgun — but two Broncos jump offsides, and a penalty is called for a neutral zone infraction. Now it’s 3rd-and-3 for the Ravens. This time Flacco is under center and Rice is in the backfield. Washington goes in motion, and Flacco finds Washington for the first down.
Q4 13:40: Robert Ayers took down Rice in the backfield for a loss of two on first down, then Mark Clayton takes an end-around for four yards on second down. On 3rd-and-8, Flacco fires for a touchdown to Mason, increasing the Ravens lead. The extra point is up and in, but there are flags on the play for offsides on the Broncos. The penalty will be assessed on the kickoff.
RAVENS 23, BRONCOS 7
Q4 13:07: Royal takes a knee in the end zone for a touchback. Orton fires downfield on first down, but Domonique Foxworth breaks up the pass intended for Gaffney. On second down, Orton drops back and fires for Gaffney for a first down at the 37-yard line. It’s a 17-yard gain.
Q4 11:40: A two-yard Moreno run on first down sets up 2nd-and-8, and Orton is in the shotgun. He fakes a hand off before dropping back with plenty of time to find Daniel Graham for a short dump-off that turns into a five-yard gain. On 3rd-and-3 at the Denver 44-yard line, Orton takes the snap under center. He drops back and fires for Royal, but he is hit by Ed Reed right as the ball arrives. The pass falls incomplete and Berger is in to punt. The kick flies high and is fair caught at the 25-yard line. It’s a 31-yard punt.
Q4 10:40: Andra Davis takes down Rice for a loss of four on first down. On 2nd-and-14, Davis sacks Flacco — back-to-back big plays by the inside linebacker. That sets up 3rd-and-30 at the Baltimore 15-yard line, and Renaldo Hill is back in the game in the secondary. It’s a screen pass to Rice, and Darrell Reid is right there to take down the running back after a gain of nine yards. The stop forces a punt by Sam Koch.
Q4 8:45: After a 50-yard punt by Koch, Royal is taken down for a loss of two on the return. That sets up the offense on its own 24-yard line. Buckhalter is taken down by Ed Reed for a loss on a first-down screen pass, setting up 2nd-and-15 for the Broncos at the 19-yard line. The crowd is on its feet as Orton is in the shotgun. He tries to find Marshall downfield, but it falls incomplete.
Q4 7:56: Orton is in the shotgun on third down, and is taken down on a blitz by Chris Carr. That makes it 4th-and-25 at the 10-yard line, and the Broncos are forced to punt. Berger is on the field to punt out of his own end zone. He is hit as he punts the ball — but it’s determined to be the five-yard variety rather than a 15-yarder, so it remains fourth down, and Berger will punt again. The punt is returned to the Baltimore 47-yard line.
Q4 6:53: Rice picks up eight yards on first down for the Ravens, who enter Denver territory on the play. Le’Ron McClain takes his first carry of the game and picks up a yard, setting up 3rd-and-1 for the Ravens. Baltimore calls a 30-second timeout, its first of the second half.
Q4 5:39: On 3rd-and-1, Flacco hands off to McClain, who fights his way to the 24-yard line — a 20-yard pickup and a first down.
Q4 3:30: Another big McClain run gives the Ravens a 1st-and-goal at the 6-yard line as the clock continues to run.
Q4 2:30: McBean is shaken up on a play, but he walks off the field under his own power. Baltimore has a 2nd-and-goal from the 4-yard line. D.J. Williams takes down Rice in the backfield, and Denver calls a 30-second timeout — its second of the half.
Q4 2:04: Baltimore has a 3rd-and-goal from the 7-yard line, and Flacco takes the snap in the shotgun before handing off to Rice, who sprints up the middle of the line for a touchdown. Hauschka’s extra point is up and good.
RAVENS 30, BRONCOS 7
Q4 1:54: Royal is taken down at the 20-yard line, and the offense takes back over. Orton’s pass is complete to Moreno for a five-yard gain on first down, followed by a 12-yard completion to Gaffney on second down, as Orton rolled to the left, setting up a first down. Gaffney got out of bounds to stop the clock. On the ensuing first down, Orton took the snap in the shotgun and fired a pass incomplete downfield.
Q4 1:13: Orton is in the shotgun on 2nd-and-10, fakes a handoff to Moreno and fires to Royal, who is hit hard after a gain of three. On 3rd-and-7, it looks like there’s miscommunication and Orton fires an incompletion in Royal’s direction. There’s a flag on the play, however — but it’s picked up as they rule the ball was uncatchable. That brings up fourth down.
Q4 0:33: Orton lines up in the shotgun with Buckhalter to his left on 4th-and-7, and his pass is complete for a first down to Marshall. Denver calls its third and final timeout.
Q4 0:18: Daniel Graham comes down with an Orton pass inside the 30-yard line, and the Broncos rush up to the line. Orton spikes the ball to stop the clock with three seconds to go. Orton shovels a pass off to Buckhalter, and he’s pushed out of bounds after a 10-yard gain to end the game.
It is the Broncos’ first loss of the season, and their record falls to 6-1. Up next — the Pittsburgh Steelers at INVESCO Field at Mile High on Monday Night Football.
The final score: Ravens 30, Broncos 7.
-Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com