Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/17/12
BALTIMORE -- Chris Harris returned a Joe Flacco interception 98 yards for a touchdown and Eric Decker caught a 51-yard touchdown pass, leading the Denver Broncos to a 34-17 rout over the Baltimore Ravens. Peyton Manning went 17 of 28 for 204 yards and a touchdown, running back Knowshon Moreno had 118 yards and a score and Decker added eight catches for 133 yards and the long touchdown grab for the red-hot Broncos. This marked Denver's ninth straight win and got it to 11-3 on the season, while the Ravens (9-5) have lost three games in a row and dropped two straight home games for the first time since 2007. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco went 20 of 40 for 254 and two touchdowns, an interception and a fumble, and tight end Dennis Pitta had 125 yards and two touchdowns in a losing cause. Harris' interception and run-back, which came just before halftime, marked the longest interception return for a touchdown in Broncos regular season history. Decker and Moreno later added touchdowns less than 2 1/2 minutes apart, making it 31-3 after three quarters. The Broncos put up the lone points in a first quarter dominated by the defenses. After a Flacco fumble gave the Broncos great starting field position at their own 47-yard line, Matt Prater booted a 27-yard field goal to open the scoring and give Denver a 3-0 lead. Denver boosted its lead to 10-0 early in the second quarter on a Jacob Hester one-yard touchdown run. The touchdown capped an 11-play, 78-yard drive in which Moreno picked up 46 yards on the ground. The Ravens did next to nothing offensively through the first quarter and a half, going nearly the first 22 minutes of the game without recording a first down and compiling just 23 yards over their first five possessions. This was Baltimore's first game after firing offensive coordinator Cam Cameron earlier in the week. They appeared poised to finally get on the board just before halftime, holding the ball at the Denver 4-yard line with 30 seconds left and all three timeouts, but Flacco was picked off by Harris, who scampered 98 yards for a score to give the Broncos a 17-0 lead at the half. The Ravens left the field to boos, something they heard frequently in the second half as well. Notes: The Ravens were without a host of normal starters; linebackers Ray Lewis, Jameel McClain and Dannell Ellerbe, safety Bernard Pollard, and guard Marshal Yanda all missed today's game. Wide receiver Torrey Smith and backup running back Bernard Pierce also left the game with concussions. ... A moment of silence was held before the game in honor of those killed in the recent shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. ... With the win, Manning becomes the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era to record nine 11-win seasons.
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