Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman Za'Darius Smith (90) reacts after knocking down Denver Broncos quarterback Case Keenum (4) of the Denver Broncos in the first quarter of the Ravens 27-14 win at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday. (Photo: Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
One ejection. Thirteen penalties. One turnover. Numerous missed opportunities.
The Denver Broncos had too much to overcome. And much of it was their own doing.
When all was said and done, the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Denver Broncos, 27-14, Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
After forcing the Ravens to punt on their first possession, the Broncos blocked the punt and took over at the Ravens six-yard line. Royce Freeman scored on a six-yard run on the Broncos first play and it was 7-0 Denver.
Trailing 27-14 in the second quarter, Broncos safety Justin Simmons blocked Justin Tucker's field goal try and Chris Harris Jr. recovered the loose ball and returned it 57 yards for a touchdown. But the touchdown was nullified by a questionable block-in-the-back penalty on Domata Peko during the return.
In the second half, as the Broncos were trying to rally from a 13-point deficit, they committed numerous holding penalties, five total in the game.
And again, quarterback Case Keenum threw an interception in the red zone. It was all too much for the Broncos to overcome on the road.
Both teams are 2-1.
KOA NewsRadio postgame interviews include comments from (in order) LB Joseph Jones, head coach Vance Joseph, QB Case Keenum, RB Devontae Booker, S Justin Simmons, LB Josey Jewell, LB Todd Davis and RB Phillip Lindsay.