DENVER — Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos waited eight long months, then another 33 minutes, to get the season started.
A record-tying seven touchdown passes — something no one had done in 44 years — made it worth the while.
Connecting with Wes Welker, Julius Thomas, and Demaryius Thomas for two TDs each, Manning directed Denver to a 49-27 victory over the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens Thursday night in the NFL opener.
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 Minnesota against Baltimore Sept. 28, 1969.
Manning was 27 of 42 for 462 yards with seven TDs and no interceptions in a game delayed by severe weather in the area. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.