Said Mulitalo: "We fed off the defense's energy."
The defense allowed Denver to cross its 46-yard line only three times in the game, and the Broncos had to settle for field goals on two trips. In the final 22 minutes, the Ravens never let the Broncos get closer than the 46.
Jake Plummer and backup Steve Beuerlein.
The Ravens held a Denver offense without three starters to 194 total yards and stopped it on third down on 11 of 15 tries. It marked the fewest points allowed by the Ravens since a January 2002 playoff game.
"Some people want to call it arrogant or cocky, but it's the way we play football," Ray Lewis said. "Our defense just doesn't believe in giving up certain things. Sometimes, we have bad days. But today, we came out and clicked on all cylinders."
Said Boller, who finished 15-for-27 for 137 yards: "I can't say enough about the defense. They stepped up."
In the first half, the end zone was no man's land for the Ravens, who relied on field goals by Stover of 25, 39 and 22 yards.
The Ravens' best chance came on their third series, when Todd Heap apparently caught an 11-yard pass before linebacker Al Wilson planted his shoulder underneath the tight end's chin. As Heap fell on his back in the end zone, the ball came out at the same time his helmet flew off.
The officials first signaled a touchdown but reversed the score after an instant-replay challenge by Denver. The Ravens eventually stalled and tied the game at 3.
"There's no any doubt in my mind it was a touchdown," Heap said. "I felt like I had it with a few feet down. But you can't leave it in the ref's hands. I think they were seeing something different from what I was seeing."
But there was no reversal of fortune for the Ravens against a Denver team that had previously lost only to the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs and then-unbeaten Minnesota Vikings.
"This shows we can play with anybody in the league," Heap said. "This builds huge confidence for the rest of the season."
Ravens coach Brian Billick said there's a chance history could again repeat itself with the Broncos.
"Today was a man's game," Billick said. "That's a good football team and a team we could very likely see again this season [in the playoffs]."
Ravens 26, Broncos 6