Tuesday, October 01, 2002 - BALTIMORE - Friends of comedy, enemies of officials, the Denver Broncos embarrassed themselves without any assistance from a golden retriever.
Broncos' fall into disgrace a shameful display - Denver Post - Mark Kiszla
Tuesday, October 01, 2002 - BALTIMORE - The scoreboard made a mockery of Denver coach Mike Shanahan. This was embarrassing: Ravens 34, Broncos 23. And there is no wrath like a Mastermind scorned.
O'Neal pays high price for bumping - Denver Post
Tuesday, October 01, 2002 - BALTIMORE - Denver Broncos cornerback Deltha O'Neal paid Monday night with his ejection for bumping an official at Ravens Stadium, and Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said he expects O'Neal to pay again.
Nothing to salvage from this - Denver Post - Woody Paige
Tuesday, October 01, 2002 - BALTIMORE - No matter what else the Denver Broncos do the rest of this season, they will be remembered for and judged by the second quarter of the Monday Night Fiasco.
Ravens match passion of Lewis - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Tuesday, October 01, 2002 - BALTIMORE - Edgar Allen Poe wrote "The Tell-Tale Heart" in this historic city.
108-yard run locks record - Denver Post - Mike Klis
Tuesday, October 01, 2002 - BALTIMORE - Another split-second of hesitation, and the longest touchdown play in NFL history never would have happened.
Broncos find Heap of trouble in second quarter - Denver Post - Nathan Max
Tuesday, October 01, 2002 - BALTIMORE - After scoring just seven points in nine quarters to the start the season, the Baltimore Ravens discovered the answer to their offensive woes.
15 futile minutes - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 1, 2002 - BALTIMORE - "Believe." The message is omnipresent around town here, flashed in bold white letters on a black background at site after site. It's on skyscrapers, waterfront taxis, the national aquarium and even in the corners of the upper deck at Ravens Stadium, site of the Denver-Baltimore NFL football game Monday night.
Broncos runners hit a wall - Rocky Mountain News - David Nielsen
October 1, 2002 - BALTIMORE - Whatever hopes the Denver Broncos had for their running game Monday night were crushed by the Baltimore Ravens' second-quarter onslaught.
Longest NFL play burns Broncos - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn Debruin and Lee Rasizer
October 1, 2002 - BALTIMORE - At the time, Broncos linebacker Keith Burns didn't know what hit him. He should have known it was Ray Lewis.
Krieger: Mental meltdown a cause for concern - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
October 1, 2002 - BALTIMORE - In theory, when you return to Earth from deep space orbit, you want to do it with as gentle a trajectory as possible. The Denver Broncos might need to recalibrate their instruments.
Lincicome: Broncos suddenly common and comical - Rocky Mountain News - Bernie Lincicome
October 1, 2002 - BALTIMORE - Remarkably, Brian Griese was to blame for only some of what happened here Monday night, although you wonder if Griese's general and recent inclination to self-inflicted misfortune is not contagious.
Griese attempts a miracle finish - Rocky Mountain News - David Nielsen
October 1, 2002 - There was no late-game magic for Brian Griese this time. No miracle rally. No unbelievable comeback. But it wasn't for a lack of trying.
Denver's defense laid sizable egg in first half - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
October 1, 2002 - BALTIMORE - At least Deltha O'Neal wasn't around to watch the rest of Denver's 15 minutes of shame.
Baltimore tight end is a Heap of trouble - Rocky Mountain News - Bill Bender, Scripps Howard News Service
October 1, 2002 - BALTIMORE - The Baltimore Ravens' fans welcomed former tight end Shannon Sharpe, now with the Denver Broncos, with a standing ovation Monday night. By the second quarter, Sharpe was a distant memory.
Ravens deal Broncos a shock - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 1, 2002 - BALTIMORE — The Denver Broncos didn't get any respect before the game. Turns out they didn't deserve any.
Thorburn: 2nd quarter exposes the Broncos - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 1, 2002 - BALTIMORE — Think Super Bowl XXII. Doug Williams. Timmy Smith. Washington Redskins. That's the last time the Denver Broncos had as bad a quarter as the one they suffered through here on Monday night.
Lewis gets best of battle - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 1, 2002 - BALTIMORE — Both players talked the talk. In video game commercials: "I made you," Shannon Sharpe says. "You might have taught me too much," Ray Lewis retorts.
Broncos-Ravens notes - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 1, 2002 - BALTIMORE — What you need is depth, at every position. These are the words Mike Shanahan lives by and repeats almost daily as the executive vice president of football operations for the Denver Broncos. And Mike Shanahan the head coach appreciates it.
Broncos-Ravens notes - Baltimore Sun - Jamison Hensley
October 1, 2002 - The football world was supposed to see how far the Ravens had fallen after their historic salary cap dismantling. Instead, the Ravens ripped apart the previously unbeaten Denver Broncos in the first half last night before escaping with a 34-23 victory, seizing the national spotlight and commanding new respect to wrap up the NFL season's unpredictable first month.
On prime-time stage, R. Lewis delivers big-time performance - Baltimore Sun - Mike Preston
October 1, 2002 - Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis has learned, and so has the Tennessee Titans' Eddie George. Denver Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe was quiet all week, but he should have told teammate and rookie Clinton Portis about the No. 1 rule when playing the Ravens.
McAlister's return provides finishing kick - Baltimore Sun - Paul McMullen
October 1, 2002 - Chris McAlister was a family studies major at Arizona, with an emphasis in broadcasting. He also developed some dramatic skills, which capped the theater of the absurd that was the second quarter at Ravens Stadium last night.
Taking a page out of Sharpe's book, Heap comes up big - Baltimore Sun - Brent Jones
October 1, 2002 - Heading into last night's game, Ravens tight end Todd Heap pointed to one aspect of Shannon Sharpe's play that he longed for.
Defense dismantles Denver once again - Baltimore Sun - Paul McMullen and Brent Jones
October 1, 2002 - The Ravens' victory over the Denver Broncos last night revolved around all sorts of wacky statistical superlatives, and one familiar factor: a nasty defense.
Something old, new greet Sharpe - Baltimore Sun - Lem Satterfield
October 1, 2002 - Denver's Shannon Sharpe returned to Baltimore expecting to see the same Ravens team, even though the lineup, and the names and faces in it, had changed significantly.