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Sunday, December 16, 2012
Broncos in control at the half

By Bill Williamson

BALTIMORE -- We call that the old 14-point swing.

The Denver Broncos are beating the Ravens, 17-0, at halftime. The Ravens finally showed life in the final two minutes and were poised to go into the end zone in the final seconds of the first half. But Denver cornerback Chris Harris -- who has been fantastic this season -- stepped in front of a Joe Flacco pass and went 98 yards for a touchdown. It was Denver’s longest interception return for a score in team history.

This is the first time the Ravens have been held scoreless at home at halftime in five years.

Denver’s defense has been terrific. The Ravens didn’t get a first down until their sixth drive.

Denver running back Knowshon Moreno continues to play well in Willis McGahee’s absence. Moreno has 74 yards on 13 carries, including a run in which he hurdled a Baltimore defender.

Running back Jacob Hester is active for the first time since he was signed last month. Hester scored Denver’s first touchdown.

Denver’s offense has been good, but not great. It has punted five times.

Denver has gotten better in the second half this season. If that trend holds true, the Broncos will end up winning their ninth straight game.