There were a lot of great storylines to follow for this NFL season opener on September 5, Thursday night, at Sports Authority Field in Denver. Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, opening their season on the road? A low temperature of -10 degrees F on January 12, and a high temp of 97 degrees F on September 5 (both dates featured the Ravens visiting the Broncos)? A Giant picture of Joe Flacco hung on the side of the stadium? A relatively even first half? Then, Peyton Manning would go all signature Peyton Manning and throw the first 7-touchdown game since 1969, throwing for 462 yards in the process. For me, it was a great honor to cover and I was lucky when a majority of the scoring happened on my corner of the field. Photos copyright Getty Images 2013.
For me, this game was significant since it marked the first time I have ever seen a player escape a pickle (middle picture above) which Josh Rutledge did when he escaped the tag of Juan Uribe of the Dodgers. The Rockies would put up a solid performance to back Jorge De la Rosa for his 16th win of the season, and the Dodgers would walk away with 2 of the 3 game series en route to their likely division win. Photos copyright Getty Images 2013.
Helton would collect his 2,500th hit on a seventh inning double - the moment everyone in the stadium was waiting for - and I would be both unlucky and not great in execution. The hit went for a stretched double, and I was looking for a single or a homerun and I sat at first base - and he went opposite-field, when I was looking for him to pull. I think Helton was glad the hit came in a victory, and right after his teammate Michael Cuddyer led off the inning with a homerun. Photos copyright Getty Images 2013.
My edit for this game reflects the many failures on the night. Todd Helton would go 0-4 with three strikeouts and sit on 2,499 career hits for another day, Juan Nicasio would give up 6 earned runs in 4 1/3 innings on seven hits and three walks, and the Reds would beat the Rockies 8-3 behind a strong outing by former Rockie Greg Reynolds, who has never had a good start at Coors Field before. Photos copyright Getty Images 2013.
Todd Helton went 2-4 with two three-run homeruns for his 2,498th and 2,499th career hits, but couldn't pull off a three-homerun night despite a two-on chance in the ninth. The Rockies beat up on the Reds in this first game of three, 9-6. Photos copyright Getty Images 2013.
Juan Nicasio pitched like an ace for six innings and escaped a rainy jam in the sixth before being relieved. The Rockies played a full nine innings despite a late rain delay, taking the game from the Giants, 6-1. Photos copyright Getty Images 2013.