BRONCOS – RAVENS GAME SUMMARY:
INACTIVE LIST: Jake Plummer, Quentin Griffin, Deltha O'Neal, P.J. Alexander, George Foster, Ephraim Salaam, Chris Cole and Ed McCaffrey.
1st HALF NOTES:
Operating behind 3rd string QB Danny Kanell, the Denver Broncos jumped out to a slim 3-0 lead over the Baltimore Ravens as Jason Elam connects on a 28-yard field goal. The kick capped off a 9–play, 55–yard drive, set up by a solid running performance by Clinton Portis.
Baltimore thought they struck back early in the second quarter as Kyle Boller connected with tight end Todd Heap on a 13-yard touchdown strike, but a coaches challenge by Mike Shanahan erased the play as the ruling on the field decided that Heap did not have clear possession as he was tackled.
A half a dozen plays later the Broncos defense remained strong, holding the Ravens on first and goal from the 3-yard line and Baltimore had to settle for a 25-yard filed goal by Matt Stover, tying the score at 3-3.
With 10:00 remaining in the second quarter starting tackle Matt Lepsis was flagged for an unsportsmanlike penalty, which escalated into his ejection from the game after bumping an official. Fourth-year veteran Cooper Carlisle replaced Lepsis on the starting line.
A blocked Micah Knorr punt set up the Ravens second field goal of the afternoon, this one from 39-yards out giving Baltimore its first lead of the game 6-3.
Then things got scary.
Linebacker John Mobley left the field on a stretcher after colliding with Ravens running back Jamal Lewis and teammate Kelly Herndon. Mobley was motionless on the field for nearly 10 minutes before being taken to a local hospital for precautionary tests.
Preliminary reports indicate a neck injury, but fortunately he does have feeling in his extremities and was able to wave to the crowd as he left the field.
Baltimore capped off the first half with Stover's third field goal of the game, 22-yards out and the Ravens held a 9-3 lead over the Broncos as the first half came to a close.
2nd HALF NOTES:
The Broncos closed the gap on their first possession of the second half with another Jason Elam field goal, but any momentum Denver had shifted when Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis picked off a Danny Kanell pass and returned it to the Denver 20-yard line.
The turnover proved to be costly for Denver. Five plays later Boller connected with tight end Terry Jones Jr. on a five-yard touchdown toss and Baltimore moved out to a commanding 16-6 lead with 7:20 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Facing a ten-point deficit the Broncos looked to air it out but the drive stalled when Kanell was sacked on fourth and eight, giving Baltimore possession on the Broncos 14-yard line with just over four minutes remaining in the game.
Although the Broncos defense came up strong, the Ravens tacked on three more points on Stover's third field goal of the game, padding their lead at 19-6.
Adding insult to injury the Ravens picked off Kanell for the second time of the afternoon when Gary Baxter hauled in an underthrown pass intended for Ashley Lelie, returning it to the Denver 28-yard line.
One play later Jamal Lewis, the NFL's leading rusher with 977-yards, ran untouched into the end zone, and Baltimore closed out the game with a 26-6 victory, dropping the Broncos record to 5-3.
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