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Terrell Suggs had 1.5 sacks and the Baltimore Ravens dealt the Denver Broncos their first loss of the season.

0:49 | September 23, 2018 | Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos, Football, NFL

Game Information
Location: M&T Bank Stadium Baltimore, Maryland
Attendance: 70,156

BALTIMORE (AP) Baltimore's offensive line handled Von Miller, Joe Flacco took care of the football, and the Ravens sliced through Denver's depleted defense.

Flacco found the time to throw for 277 yards and a touchdown, and the Ravens pushed aside the previously undefeated Broncos 27-14 Sunday.

Baltimore (2-1) got 68 yards rushing from Alex Collins, but the line's most ample contribution was giving Flacco time to pass against a defense led by Miller, who came in with an NFL-leading four sacks.

"That's a stout run defense. We kept hammering in there and bled some yards," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "But our pass protection really stepped up and did a great job."

Flacco went 25 for 40 without an interception on a rainy afternoon. He threw 28 passes in the first half alone, when Baltimore took control.

Miller finished with two tackles and no sacks.

"He's able to get in there and make a ton of plays and change a game when you look at him on film," Flacco said. "That was the biggest thing, just not letting him be a factor."

Flacco's success came against a Denver backfield that began the day without injured cornerback Adam Jones (thigh) and lost cornerback Tramaine Brock (groin) in the first quarter. As a result, rookie Isaac Yiadom saw significant playing time at right cornerback.

"I think we kind of made it easy for them," Broncos safety Darian Stewart said. "We gave them a lot of stuff."

Javorious Allen caught a 12-yard touchdown pass and ran for a score for the Ravens.

Baltimore made 20 first downs, totaled 342 yards and converted half its third-down attempts.

"That wasn't the game we had intended for," Miller said. "At times, we couldn't get off the field as a defense."

Denver (2-1) was coming off two home wins, both by virtue of fourth-quarter comebacks. This time, the Broncos could not rally after Allen's 1-yard TD run made it 27-14 midway through the third quarter.

The Broncos were flagged 13 times for 120 yards.

"We probably cost ourselves 20 points today on penalties," coach Vance Joseph said.

Denver's lone turnover was just as costly. The Broncos were inside the Baltimore 5 with 9 minutes left before Case Keenum was intercepted by Patrick Onwuasor, whose 89-yard return for a touchdown was wiped out by a block in the back.

The Ravens took consolation in preventing Denver from getting within a touchdown.

"That was a huge stop," said Harbaugh, who celebrated his 56th birthday in style.

The Broncos' next drive ended at the Baltimore 11, and the Ravens ran out the clock over the final three minutes.

Keenum completed 22 of 34 passes for 192 yards.

Denver got a touchdown after blocking a punt and also swatted away a field goal try. Chris Harris Jr. took the second blocked kick 58 yards for a touchdown, but an illegal block nullified the second-quarter score.

On the ensuing series, Broncos rookie running back Phillip Lindsay was ejected for throwing a punch during the scramble for a fumble by Keenum.

"He's obviously a big part of what we do offensively," Joseph said. "Losing him, that's a big deal."

A wild first half ended with Baltimore up 20-14.

After Denver's Joseph Jones blocked a punt to set up a 6-yard touchdown run by Royce Freeman, Collins ran in from the 6 for Baltimore.

Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders made it 14-7 with a 35-yard end around, his first career rushing touchdown.

Justin Tucker sandwiched a pair of 52-yard field goals around a 12-yard touchdown throw by Flacco.

Tucker now has six career games with multiple field goals of 50 yards or more, an NFL record. He has also connected on his last eight attempts from at least 50 yards.

LEWIS RETURNS

The Ravens welcomed back linebacker Ray Lewis, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August following a 17-year career with Baltimore.

After the players were introduced, the song "Hot in Herre" by Nelly boomed over the PA.

Lewis emerged from the tunnel wearing his yellow Hall of Fame jacket and performed his trademark dance while the soggy crowd cheered.

Lewis was presented with his Hall of Fame ring during a ceremony at halftime. He was joined by Jonathan Ogden, the Ravens' other HOF member.

INJURIES

Broncos: Stewart left in the second quarter with a shoulder injury but returned.

Ravens: MLB C.J. Mosley was inactive with a bruised knee.

UP NEXT

Broncos: host Kansas City in an AFC West showdown Monday night, Oct. 1.

Ravens: travel to Pittsburgh for a Sunday night matchup between AFC North teams.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Broncos Ravens
13:29 Royce Freeman 6 yd run (Brandon McManus kick) 7 0
10:57 Alex Collins 6 yd run (Justin Tucker kick) 7 7
07:02 Emmanuel Sanders 35 yd run (Brandon McManus kick) 14 7
03:38 Justin Tucker 52 yd FG 14 10

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Broncos Ravens
08:26 Javorius Allen 12 yd pass from Joe Flacco (Justin Tucker kick) 14 17
00:00 Justin Tucker 52 yd FG 14 20

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Broncos Ravens
07:26 Javorius Allen 1 yd run (Justin Tucker kick) 14 27

Team Stats
  Denver Baltimore
1st Downs 18 20
Total Yards 293 342
Passing 173 265
Passing Completions/Attempts 22-34 25-40
Yards/Pass 4.7 6.3
Rushing 120 77
Rushing Attempts 24 28
Yards/Rush 5.0 2.8
Turnovers 1 0
Fumbles Lost 0 0
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Possession 29:46 30:14

Denver Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Case Keenum 22 34 192 5.7 0 1

Baltimore Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Joe Flacco 25 40 277 6.9 1 0

Denver Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Royce Freeman 13 53 4.1 1 16
Emmanuel Sanders 1 35 35.0 1 35
Phillip Lindsay 4 20 5.0 0 8
Devontae Booker 5 10 2.0 0 4
Andy Janovich 1 2 2.0 0 2

Baltimore Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Alex Collins 18 68 3.8 1 14
Javorius Allen 6 7 1.2 1 2
Joe Flacco 4 2 0.5 0 5

Denver Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Demaryius Thomas 5 63 12.6 0 22
Emmanuel Sanders 5 38 7.6 0 9
Courtland Sutton 2 37 18.5 0 21
Devontae Booker 5 34 6.8 0 9
Jake Butt 2 8 4.0 0 5
Jeff Heuerman 2 7 3.5 0 4
Royce Freeman 1 5 5.0 0 5
Phillip Lindsay 0 0 0.0 0

Baltimore Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
John Brown 5 86 17.2 0 44
Michael Crabtree 7 61 8.7 0 19
Mark Andrews 2 59 29.5 0 30
Willie Snead IV 3 39 13.0 0 17
Javorius Allen 3 19 6.3 1 12
Alex Collins 3 6 2.0 0 8
Maxx Williams 1 5 5.0 0 5
Nick Boyle 1 2 2.0 0 2
Lamar Jackson 0 0 0.0 0

Denver Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Darian Stewart 6 3 0 0
Justin Simmons 5 0 0 0
Todd Davis 4 4 0 0
Derek Wolfe 4 1 0 0
Shaquil Barrett 3 1 0 0
Chris Harris Jr. 3 0 0 0
Josey Jewell 3 3 0 0
Isaac Yiadom 3 1 0 0
Bradley Chubb 2 0 1 6
Von Miller 2 0 0 0
Bradley Roby 2 0 0 0
Shane Ray 1 0 1 6
Adam Gotsis 1 0 0 0
Shelby Harris 1 1 0 0
Zach Kerr 1 1 0 0
Brandon Marshall 1 1 0 0
Andy Janovich 0 0 0 0
Joseph Jones 0 0 0 0
Will Parks 0 1 0 0
Domata Peko 0 1 0 0
Courtland Sutton 0 0 0 0
Shamarko Thomas 0 1 0 0

Baltimore Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Kenny Young 8 2 0 0
Brandon Carr 5 1 0 0
Terrell Suggs 4 1 1.5 12
Tony Jefferson 4 1 0 0
Anthony Levine Sr. 4 0 0 0
Eric Weddle 4 1 0 0
Marlon Humphrey 2 0 0 0
Tavon Young 2 1 0 0
Za'Darius Smith 1 1 1 7
Chuck Clark 1 0 0 0
Albert McClellan 1 0 0 0
Patrick Onwuasor 1 1 0 0
Brent Urban 1 1 0 0
Brandon Williams 1 0 0 0
Tim Williams 1 0 0 0
Chris Wormley 1 0 0 0
Matt Judon 0 1 0.5 0
Tyus Bowser 0 0 0 0
Patrick Ricard 0 1 0 0

Denver Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Baltimore Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Patrick Onwuasor 1 33 0

Denver Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Devontae Booker 1 23 23.0 0 23
Phillip Lindsay 1 18 18.0 0 18

Baltimore Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Tim White 3 78 26.0 0 37

Denver Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
DaeSean Hamilton 3 31 10.3 0 13

Baltimore Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Tim White 3 12 4.0 0 7

Denver Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
No kicking stats.

Baltimore Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Justin Tucker 2 3 67.0 52

Denver Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Marquette King 7 287 55

Baltimore Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Sam Koch 4 197 57