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Baltimore Ravens vs Denver Broncos takes place on Thursday Night Football to kick off the NFL 2013 Regular Season with a bang. The match up is a rematch of the 2012 Divisional Round game in which the Ravens won an amazing double overtime game 38-35. The game starts at 8.30 p.m. ET and can be watched online through live stream (details below).
The Broncos will see this game as a quick chance at redeeming themselves and gaining revenge for that loss. Most of the players will still feel raw from that hugely disappointing loss as they were just seconds away from making the AFC Championship Game when Ravens receiver Jacoby Jones sent the game to overtime with a last minute touchdown reception.
There will be no lack of bad blood between the two teams as their last game ended in ecstasy for one team, but was absolutely gut-wrenching for the other.
The game will pit Joe Flacco against Peyton Manning again, which should be another exciting face-off between the two great players.
Flacco has had an extraordinary rise to the pinnacle of the game. He led the Ravens to Super Bowl XLVII, and won the Super Bowl MVP award.
Flacco in fact had a pretty normal regular season last year. However, throughout last postseason he overcame challenges from a number of more recognized and established quarterbacks, and lit the football world alight with his assured performances.
In 2012 he recorded a career high of 3,817 passing yards and threw 22 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. His completion rate for passes was a reasonable 59.7 percent.
Meanwhile Manning was second in the NFL passer rating in the 2012 regular season. He was also third in touchdown passes, and had a completion rate of an amazing 68.6 percent.
This should be a fantastic match up between Manning and Flacco and is the perfect game to start the season.
Thursday Night Football between the Denver Broncos and the Baltimore Ravens kicks off at 8.30 p.m. ET and can be watched on NBC, or alternatively online through NFL live stream by clicking here.