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Denver crushes defending champions Baltimore to kickoff NFL season

Peyton Manning threw seven touchdowns to lead Broncos rout of Ravens

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Fans cheer prior to an NFL game between the Denver Broncos and the Baltimore Ravens, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver.

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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning passes in the rain against the Baltimore Ravens during their NFL game in Denver September 5, 2013.

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Baltimore Ravens Vonta Leach (44) reacts after scoring a touchdown on a catch and run play after breaking a tackle by Denver Broncos Wesley Woodyard (52) during the first quarter against the Denver Broncos in their NFL game in Denver, Colorado September 5, 2013.

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Baltimore Ravens Ray Rice (27) is tackled by Denver Broncos Duke Ihenacho (33) during the second quarter in their NFL game in Denver, Colorado September 5, 2013.

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Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones (C) is chased down by Denver Broncos Duke Ihenacho (33) and Natein Irving (56) during their NFL game in Denver, Colorado September 5, 2013.

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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) throws under pressure from Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (55) during the first half of an NFL game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver.

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Baltimore Ravens strong safety James Ihedigbo (32) breaks up a pass intended for Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas (80) during the first half of an NFL game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver.

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Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones (12) is tackled by Denver Broncos safety Duke Ihenacho during the first half of an NFL game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver.

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Baltimore Ravens runningback Bernard Pierce (C) runs for a first down against the Denver Broncos during their NFL game in Denver, Colorado September 5, 2013.FOOTBALL)

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Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas (80) pulls in a pass that he ran in for a touchdown as Baltimore Ravens free safety Michael Huff (29) defends during the first half of an NFL game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver.

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Denver Broncos Julius Thomas (88) catches a pass and run past Baltimore Ravens Daryl Smith during their NFL football game in Denver, Colorado September 5, 2013.

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Denver Broncos Julius Thomas (80) reacts after scoring a touchdown as Baltimore Ravens Matt Elam (26) and Broncos teammate Wes Welker (83) look on during second quarter in their NFL game in Denver September 5, 2013.

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Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas (80) celebrates his touchdown in the first half of an NFL game against the Baltimore Ravens, as back judge Greg Yette (38) signals "touchdown," Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver.

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Baltimore Ravens Ray Rice (27) avoids a tackle by Denver Broncos Duke Ihenacho (33) to score a touchdown during the second quarter in their NFL game in Denver, Colorado September 5, 2013.

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Baltimore Ravens Ray Rice reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Denver Broncos during the second quarter in their NFL game in Denver, Colorado September 5, 2013.

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Denver Broncos cornerback Kayvon Webster (R) breaks up a pass to Baltimore Ravens Brandon Stokley in the endzone in the second quarter of their NFL game in Denver September 5, 2013.

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Denver Broncos linebacker Nate Irving celebrates his stop on Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (27) during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver.

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Denver Broncos Andre Caldwell (12) catches a third-quarter touchdown pass past Baltimore Ravens Lardarius Webb (21) during their NFL football game in Denver, Colorado September 5, 2013.

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Denver Broncos Andre Caldwell (12) celebrates third-quarter touchdown pass against the Baltimore Ravens during their NFL football game in Denver, Colorado September 5, 2013.

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Denver Broncos' Wes Welker (R) scores a 3rd quarter touchdown past Baltimore Ravens' Jimmy Smith (22) during their NFL football game in Denver, Colorado September 5, 2013.

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Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (83) and teammate center Manny Ramirez (66) hug after scoring a touchdown in the 3rd quarter against the Baltimore Ravens during their NFL game in Denver, Colorado September 5, 2013.

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Denver Broncos' Demaryius Thomas (L) catches a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter past Baltimore Ravens Corey Graham in Denver September 5, 2013.

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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco sits on the field after being sacked by the Denver Broncos in the 3rd quarter during their NFL game in Denver, Colorado September 5, 2013.

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Denver Broncos' Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (45), Rahim Moore (26) and Malik Jackson (97) celebrate a stop against the Baltimore Ravens during the second half of an NFL game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver.

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Denver Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan (59) drops the ball before crossing the goal line for a fumble during the second half of an NFL game against the Baltimore Ravens, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver.

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Fans try to keep dry prior to an NFL game between the Denver Broncos and the Baltimore Ravens, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver.

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