Broncos Rout Ravens 34-17 For 9th Straight Win

December 16, 2012 6:15 PM

Broncos Rout Ravens 34-17 For 9th Straight Win
" BALTIMORE (AP) – Joe Flacco lay face down on the turf, his lip bloodied. He paused for a few seconds of painful reflection after his futile chase of Denver cornerback Chris Harris ended with the Broncos celebrating a touchdown.

The scene typified a miserable afternoon for the Baltimore Ravens, who derived very little benefit from first-time offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell in a 34-17 defeat on Sunday.

Of all the Ravens’ miscues, Flacco’s ill-timed throw was the most damaging.

Baltimore (9-5) trailed 10-0 and had a first-and-goal at the Denver 4 late in the first half when Harris stepped in front of Anquan Boldin and sprinted down the right sideline en route to the longest interception return in Broncos regular-season history.

“I made a mistake, no other way to say it,” Flacco said. “I wanted to have a fade, came down flat. The guy undercut it, picked it and went the whole way.”

The right side of Flacco’s face was bloody and bruised, much like the Ravens’ usual swagger after their third straight loss.

“We’re a 9-5 football team and we feel like we’re 0-14 right now,” Flacco said "

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