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Manning’s 7 TDs lead Broncos past Ravens

Published: Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 11:49 a.m. CST

DENVER (AP) — Both the NFL opener and Peyton Manning were a little tardy.

It was well worth the wait.

Manning and the Denver Broncos waited eight long months, then another 33 minutes to get the season started because of a lightning storm.

After three punts to start things off, Manning threw a record-tying seven touchdown passes, something no one had done in 44 years, in directing Denver to a 49-27 victory over Super Bowl champion Baltimore on Thursday night in a much-anticipated rematch against the team that ended the Broncos’ playoff run in January.

Manning connected with Wes Welker, and Julius Thomas and Demaryius Thomas for two TDs each in piling up the most points scored on the Ravens in their 18-year history..