Denver Broncos-Baltimore Ravens playoff rematch kicks off 2013 NFL season (+video)
Denver Broncos-Baltimore Ravens: Another season of National Football League action commences Thursday night with the Broncos and Ravens playing in Denver. These two teams met in last season's AFC Divisional playoff game, with Baltimore coming out on top.
The Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens get the 2013 National Football League season underway with a Thursday night encounter against the Broncos in Denver. The game will be televised by NBC at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time.Skip to next paragraph
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These two teams last saw each other in January during an AFC Divisional playoff game, also in the 'Mile High City,' where Raven quarterback Joe Flacco flung a touchdown pass to tie the score late in the fourth quarter. Baltimore eventually won the playoff contest in double overtime.
For Manning and the Denver offense, the biggest acquisition was former Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker who signed on as a free agent. He joins Denver wideouts Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker to form a potent aerial attack.
“I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while,” Welker told DenverBroncos.com Tuesday. “And being in the kickoff classic – I’m definitely excited about it.”
Baltimore's offense, with Flacco and running back Ray Rice, has added former Manning teammates tight end Dallas Clark and wide receiver Brandon Stokely. They ranked fifth in total offense last season in the American Football Conference.