In the first game since Ray Lewis' retirement, the Baltimore Ravens' defense was dismantled.

Facing the Lewis-less Ravens, Peyton Manning became the first player since 1969 to throw seven touchdown passes in one game as the Broncos went on to 49-27 win.

The absence of the 13-time Pro Bowler and two-time Defensive Player of the Year from Baltimore's worst-ever defensive performance did not go unnoticed.



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  • Peyton Manning

    Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning holds the game ball after an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. The Broncos won 49-27. Manning threw a record-tying seven touchdown passes — something no one had done in 44 years. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

  • John Fox, Jim Harbaugh

    Denver Broncos head coach John Fox, left, greets Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh after an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. The Broncos won 49-27. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

  • Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas

    Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) celebrates with teammate Demaryius Thomas (88) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. The Broncos won 49-27. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

  • Peyton Manning, Montee Ball

    Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) greets teammate Montee Ball (28) as time expires in an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. The Broncos won 49-27. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

  • Peyton Manning

    Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) throws his seventh touchdown of the game against the Baltimore Ravens during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. The Broncos won 49-27. Manning threw a record-tying seven touchdown passes — something no one had done in 44 years. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

  • Peyton Manning

    Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. The Broncos won 49-27. Manning threw a record-tying seven touchdown passes — something no one had done in 44 years. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

  • Joe Flacco, Duke Ihenacho, Robert Ayers

    Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) is pressured by Denver Broncos safety Duke Ihenacho (33) and Robert Ayers (91) during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

  • Peyton Manning

    Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) celebrates his seventh touchdown of the game against the Baltimore Ravens during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

  • Danny Trevathan

    Denver Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan (59) drops the ball before crossing the goal line for a fumble during the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

  • Wes Welker, Jimmy Smith

    Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (83) rushes towards Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith (22) during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

  • Shaun Phillips, Danny Trevathan

    Denver Broncos outside linebacker Shaun Phillips (90) walks off the field after teammate Danny Trevathan, rear, fumbled at the goal line during the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

  • Demaryius Thomas, Corey Graham

    Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas pulls in a touchdown pass as Baltimore Ravens cornerback Corey Graham (24) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

  • Peyton Manning, Knowshon Moreno, Orlando Franklin

    Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18), Knowshon Moreno (27) and Orlando Franklin (74) celebrate a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

  • Joe Flacco

    Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) walks off the field during the second half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

  • Tony Carter, Torrey Smith

    Denver Broncos defensive back Tony Carter (32) breaks up a pass intended for Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

  • Joe Flacco

    Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco sits on the bench during the second half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

  • Denver Broncos fans cheer during the second half of the Broncos' NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

  • Peyton Manning, Daryl Smith

    Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) throws under pressure from Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Daryl Smith (51) during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

  • Nate Irving, Ray Rice

    Denver Broncos linebacker Nate Irving celebrates his stop on Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (27) during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

  • Wes Welker, Julius Thomas

    Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (83) celebrates his touchdown with Julius Thomas (80) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

  • Andre Caldwell

    Denver Broncos wide receiver Andre Caldwell (12) is congratulated by fans after his touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

  • Danny Trevathan, Dallas Clark

    Denver Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan (59) breaks up a pass intended for Baltimore Ravens tight end Dallas Clark (87) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

  • Andre Caldwell, Jimmy Smith

    Denver Broncos wide receiver Andre Caldwell (12) scores a touchdown as Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith (22) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

  • Wes Welker

    Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker scores a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

  • Nate Irving, Ray Rice

    Denver Broncos linebacker Nate Irving celebrates his stop on Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (27) during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

  • Wes Welker, Julius Thomas

    Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (83) celebrates his touchdown with Julius Thomas (80) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

  • Peyton Manning, Daryl Smith

    Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) throws under pressure from Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Daryl Smith (51) during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

  • Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Rahim Moore, Malik Jackson

    Denver Broncos' Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (45), Rahim Moore (26) and Malik Jackson (97) celebrate a stop against the Baltimore Ravens during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

  • Denver Broncos fans cheer during the second half of the Broncos' NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

  • Ronnie Hillman, Josh Bynes

    Denver Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman (21) is tackled by Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Josh Bynes, right, and another defender during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

  • Ray Rice, Bryant McKinnie, Robert Ayers

    Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (27) can't get into the end zone as teammate Bryant McKinnie (78) watches and Denver Broncos defensive end Robert Ayers (91) pursues during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

  • Ray Rice, Rahim Moore

    Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (27) is tackled by Denver Broncos free safety Rahim Moore (26) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

  • Ed Dickson, Mike Adams

    Baltimore Ravens tight end Ed Dickson (84) pulls in a pass as Denver Broncos strong safety Mike Adams (20) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

  • Bernard Pierce, Kevin Vickerson, Nate Irving

    Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce (30) is tackled by Denver Broncos' Kevin Vickerson (99) and Nate Irving (56) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

  • Knowshon Moreno, Haloti Ngata

    Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno (27) is stopped by Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (92) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

  • Julius Thomas, Greg Yette

    Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas (80) celebrates his touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, as back judge Greg Yette (38) signals "touchdown," Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

  • Ray Rice

    Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice runs for a touchdown against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

  • Julius Thomas, Michael Huff

    Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas (80) pulls in a pass that he ran in for a touchdown as Baltimore Ravens free safety Michael Huff (29) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

  • Denver Broncos fans listen to the national anthem after waiting out a rain and lightning delay before an NFL football game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Broncos in Denver on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

  • Chris Harris, Robert Ayers, Mike Adams

    Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris (25) celebrates his interception against the Baltimore Ravens with teammates Robert Ayers (91) and Mike Adams (20) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

  • Denver Broncos fans wait out a rain and lightning delay before an NFL football game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Broncos in Denver on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

  • Jacoby Jones

    Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones falls after being injured during the first half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

  • Julius Thomas

    Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas (80) celebrates his touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

  • Julius Thomas

    Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas celebrates his touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

  • Bernard Pierce, Wesley Woodyard, Kevin Vickerson

    Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce (30) is tripped up as Denver Broncos' Wesley Woodyard (52) and Kevin Vickerson (99) defend during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

  • Denver Broncos fans wait out a rain and lightning delay before an NFL football game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Broncos in Denver on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

  • Duke Ihenacho, Jacoby Jones

    Denver Broncos safety Duke Ihenacho (33) celebrates his tackle of Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones (12) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

  • John Fox

    Denver Broncos coach John Fox looks at the scoreboard during the first half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

  • Jacoby Jones, Duke Ihenacho

    Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones (12) is tackled by Denver Broncos safety Duke Ihenacho during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

  • Vonta Leach, Wesley Woodyard

    Baltimore Ravens running back Vonta Leach (44) scores a touchdown as Denver Broncos outside linebacker Wesley Woodyard (52) tries to stop him during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

  • Vonta Leach, Michael Oher

    Baltimore Ravens running back Vonta Leach (44) celebrates his touchdown with teammate Michael Oher (74) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)