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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) throws as Denver Broncos defensive end Robert Ayers (91) pursues during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver.
DENVER—Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos waited eight long months, then another 33 minutes, to get the season started.

A record-tying seven touchdown passes—something no one had done in 44 years—made it worth the while.

Connecting with his most prized addition, Wes Welker, former college basketball player Julius Thomas and Demaryius Thomas for two TDs each, Manning directed Denver to a 49-27 victory over the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night in the NFL opener, a much-anticipated rematch against the team that ended the Broncos' playoff run in January.

Manning is the sixth QB in NFL history to throw seven TD passes in a game and the first since Joe Kapp did it for Minnesota against Baltimore on Sept.

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) throws under pressure from Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Daryl Smith (51) during the second half of an
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) throws under pressure from Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Daryl Smith (51) during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. ((AP Photo/Joe Mahoney))
28, 1969.

Manning was 27 of 42 for 462 yards with seven TDs and no interceptions.

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (27) can’t get into the end zone as teammate Bryant McKinnie (78) watches and Denver Broncos defensive end
Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (27) can't get into the end zone as teammate Bryant McKinnie (78) watches and Denver Broncos defensive end Robert Ayers (91) pursues during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. ((AP Photo/Joe Mahoney) )



Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice runs for a touchdown against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 5,
Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice runs for a touchdown against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. ((AP Photo/Joe Mahoney) )