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5 things we learned in Ravens' win over Broncos

1. The Ravens can still get after the quarterback. Even without that defensive genius, Rex Ryan, and the All-World linebacker, Bart Scott, the Ravens have enough talent on defense to put a hurting on a quarterback. Although the Ravens had just two sacks, they hurried quarterback Kyle Orton into short throws. Greg Mattison should have turned his guys loose weeks ago.

2. Lardarius Webb is special. Against the Broncos he single-handedly put the special back into special teams for the Ravens. When somebody needed to make a play, none was bigger than the rookie's kickoff return to start the second half.

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3. Joe Flacco is still Joe Cool. Even under the heavy pass rush of the Bronco, Flacco completed 20 of 25 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown. He also broke the Broncos' string of not allowing third-down conversions. His touchdown to Derrick Mason was a thing of beauty.

4. Those wily old No. 20s sure can play. Ed Reed of the Ravens and Brian Dawkins of the Broncos showed why they have spots reserved in Canton. Reed took part in four tackles, had a tackle for loss, forced a fumble and knocked away a pass. Dawkins took part in eight tackles and made a great play to deflect away a pass intended for Todd Heap down the middle.

5. That the same officials can miss a clear pass interference, then call one that was very borderline. When Mason's jersey was pulled from M&T Bank Stadium to Dundalk and there was no call in the first quarter, you thought the refs were going to let the guys play. Then from clear across the field a back judge throws a flag on Domonique Foxworth when it looked like the receiver was actually pulling his arm down. Plus, there was no way to see it from behind. The NFL really needs to look at the competancy of its officials.

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