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Ravens grab lead after Welker blunder, Broncos tie it back up

Julius Thomas AP

Wes Welker’s first game with the Broncos has looked a lot like his old games with the Patriots on offense.

Welker’s caught four passes and picked up first downs on throws from Peyton Manning. The Broncos’ decision to use him in another role backfired, though.

Welker was sent out to return a punt after the Broncos defense stopped the Ravens and tried to field it at his own five-yard line, but he muffed the catch and the Ravens recovered the ball on the doorstep of the end zone. Ray Rice ran the ball in on the next play to give the Ravens a 14-7 lead. Welker, who returned 25 punts in New England last season, broke an oft-referenced unwritten rule of football by fielding the punt at that spot on the field and provided some illustration of why it’s referenced so often.

Given the injury suffered by Jacoby Jones on an earlier punt, it may not be long before punts go unreturned for the rest of the night in Denver.

It was the second touchdown to come one play after a turnover in the game. The Broncos tied the score on a Manning pass to Julius Thomas after Joe Flacco was intercepted by Chris Harris. The same connection hooked up for another touchdown on the next drive, retying the score and setting up a game that looks pretty similar to the shootout in the playoffs last season.

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13 Responses to “Ravens grab lead after Welker blunder, Broncos tie it back up”
  1. ampatsisahypocrite says: Sep 5, 2013 10:25 PM

    The Welker muff and the Rice run-in for the score… two great plays by Joe Flacco!

    Time to rip up his contract and give Joe even more!

  2. indywilson40 says: Sep 5, 2013 10:29 PM

    Gameday Bucket go Boom!!!!!

  3. jmblosser82 says: Sep 5, 2013 10:30 PM

    Already getting lucky

  4. raiderapologist says: Sep 5, 2013 10:32 PM

    Michael Huff takes a bad angle? Haven’t seen that since last year.

  5. mrcogburn says: Sep 5, 2013 10:33 PM

    Gotta give it to the Patsies–they know how to unload damaged goods.

  6. blue18hutthutt says: Sep 5, 2013 10:33 PM

    Great game so far

  7. hawksfanallday says: Sep 5, 2013 10:35 PM

    I benched thomas in favor of jimmy graham. Smh What was I suppose to do? Bench the best tight end in fantasy football?

  8. pastabelly101 says: Sep 5, 2013 10:50 PM

    Welker dropped the ball…huh……..

  9. wisdomnfl says: Sep 5, 2013 11:47 PM

    Ravens ha ha ha stinkers

  10. southernpatriots says: Sep 5, 2013 11:48 PM

    Denver should have this one, if they don’t just give it away.

  11. jayhit says: Sep 6, 2013 12:23 AM

    Hows that lead now….

  12. wolfmanpatriot says: Sep 6, 2013 1:25 AM

    This is a tough situation for me. I want Welker to do well, but Manning and the Broncos, not so much.

  13. touchdownroddywhite says: Sep 6, 2013 8:07 AM

    “setting up a game that looks pretty similar to the shootout in the playoffs last season.”

    That didn’t last long…

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