On an electric Thursday night in early September, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos hosted the Baltimore Ravens to kick off the 2013 NFL season in a rematch of last season’s classic AFC Divisional Playoff game. Last January, the Ravens stunned the favored Broncos — and seemingly the entire country — to advance to the AFC Championship Game and, ultimately, to the Super Bowl. Of course, that was before Wes Welker arrived in the Rocky Mountains to wreak his own unique brand of havoc on opposing defenses.
All Welker did in his first regular-season game with the Broncos was catch a game-high nine passes, including two of Manning’s record-tying seven touchdown passes, to help the Broncos best the Ravens, 49-27. Welker scored twice in a span of four minutes in the third quarter to break open a close game. His first touchdown grab — a 5-yarder — put Denver up, 28-17. His second — a 2-yarder — extended Denver’s lead to 35-17.
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