The Ravens started the series on the Denver 36-yard line after a 40-yard punt return by wide receiver Tandon Doss.
Baltimore’s first two plays of the drive, a handoff to running back Ray Rice and a short pass to tight end Dennis Pitta, picked up five yards, bringing up third-and-5 from the Denver 31-yard line. Flacco’s pass to Rice was incomplete, but the Ravens picked up the first down when a personal foul was called on Denver safety David Bruton for roughing the passer.
On the following play, the Ravens were penalized for a personal foul of their own, this one for unnecessary roughness on wide receiver Anquan Boldin.
But Baltimore found the end zone on the following play, when Flacco’s pass to a diving Pitta resulted in a touchdown after Pitta made the reception near the goal line, was not touched by a defender, then got to his feet and ran into the end zone. The ruling of a touchdown withstood a review by the official. The score trimmed Baltimore’s deficit to 31-10.
The drive covered 36 yards in four plays and took the Ravens less than 90 seconds.