Taking over at their own 22-yard line, the Broncos quickly picked up 20 yards when running back Knowshon Moreno burst through the right side of the Ravens D, stiff-arming one defender before hurdling over Baltimore safety Ed Reed for extra yardage.
Moreno added three more rushing yards on the following play before a 14-yard completion from quarterback Peyton Manning to wide receiver Eric Decker gave Denver first-and-10 from the Baltimore 41-yard line.
On the first play of the second quarter, Moreno ran up the middle for 9 yards, then gained 3 more on the following play for the first down.
After one incompletion, the offense went back to Moreno, who gained 9, then 2 yards on back-to-back handoffs. The Broncos handed off on a third straight snap for three more yards, this time on a carry by fullback Jacob Hester, who recorded the first run of his Denver career, moving the ball to the Ravens’ 15-yard line.
On the following play, a Manning pass to Decker on the sideline was originally ruled a touchdown, but was overturned, with the ball being spotted on the Baltimore half-yard line.
Denver wasted no time getting into the end zone, as Hester plunged in for the score, his first as a Bronco and the second rushing touchdown of his career, with his last one coming on Dec. 28, 2008, against the Broncos. It marked Hester’s fifth career score.
The touchdown gave Denver a 10-0 lead with 11:51 remaining in the second quarter. The scoring march covered 78 yards in 11 plays that took 4:12 off the clock, with Moreno accounting for 46 of those yards on six carries.