Hurdled and bulldozed by
During a crushing 34-17 defeat at M&T Bank Stadium, the Ravens' reactions were usually wrong as Manning cooked up his usual batch of timely audibles to keep the defense off guard.
"I felt like it was Christmas, and not for our side," Ravens free safety
The Ravens allowed the Broncos to pile up 350 yards and 21 first downs, surrendering 163 rushing yards as Denver built a commanding time of possession edge of 38:34 to 21:26.
Defensive coordinator Dean Pees deployed his nickel package early, so Manning checked to running plays for Moreno as he rushed for 118 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries.
Moreno actually hurdled Reed once, clearing the helmet of the former
"I was not expecting him to jump, honestly," Reed said. "I couldn't react because I was just dealing with a lot of sickness early. I just wasn't all the way into it, honestly. I was dealing with
"I just kind of watched him jump over me. I thought he was ready to put his head down. I saw him gathering himself, so I was like, 'There's no way he's going to jump.'"
In the third quarter, Moreno bolted 6 yards untouched into the end zone for a touchdown as middle linebacker
When the Ravens stacked the line of scrimmage to contain the run, Manning peppered the secondary with deep throws. He completed 17 of 28 passes for 204 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions for a 94.9 quarterback rating.
"When we were in nickel, they wanted to run the ball," cornerback
When asked to characterize his frustration level, Graham replied: "It's at a max. I don't know about everybody else, but I know I'm frustrated."
One of the worst breakdowns for the Ravens unfolded in the third quarter on a 51-yard Manning touchdown pass to wide receiver
"He got me to stop my feet a little bit," Williams said of Decker. "They game-planned us very well. He's Peyton Manning, he's seen a lot. He's very savvy. He takes his job very seriously."
Starting wide receiver
Both will have to pass baseline neurological exams to be allowed to play next Sunday against the New York Giants.
Afterward, Smith seemed fine and joked that he couldn't remember the game.
Pro Bowl outside linebacker
Suggs was sidelined for the Ravens' 31-28 overtime loss to the
Pitta sets personal best
In a losing cause, tight end
He set career-highs with 125 receiving yards and two touchdowns, including a 61-yard score where he navigated the right sideline in the fourth quarter.
"In that situation, it's always tough," Pitta said. "We just keep battling. It wasn't looking good, obviously at that point in the ballgame. There's no quit in this team.
"We're not going to stop playing. We're going to keep going tout and trying to put points on the board as best we can."
No two-point play
In a bit of a head-scratcher, the Ravens decided not to attempt a two-point conversion following the Pitta touchdown.
Instead of potentially trailing by 16 points if the conversion had been successful and making it a two-score game, Ravens coach had kicker kick the extra point for a 17-point deficit.
Tucker's ensuing onside kick was recovered by former Ravens wide receiver Matt Willis.
When asked if he pondered a two-point try, Harbaugh delivered a short answer: "No."
Rice hits 1,000 yards
Pro Bowl running back
Although held to 38 yards on a dozen carries Sunday, Rice is now up to 1,031 yards on 230 carries this season.
"We didn't do really good," Rice said. "We didn't come out, we didn't execute. It was our job to score."
"It's a blessing to get back out there, I just wish the results were better," Williams said. "I know there are some things I can correct."
Starting tight end
"I just don't want to be out there at 60 percent," Dickson said. "I'm not doing nothing for the team if I'm not fully healthy. It's close."