Manning ties NFL record as Broncos stomp Ravens

DENVER -- Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos waited eight long months, then another 33 minutes, to get the season started.

An NFL 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 the Minnesota Vikings against the Baltimore Colts on Sept. 28, 1969.

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

Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press

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