Broncos freeze Patriots' perfect season with overtime win

DENVER – Breaking down the Denver Broncos' overtime 30-24 win against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High:

Broncos freeze Patriots' perfect season with overtime win


Enormous picture: The New England Patriots endured their first misfortune – yet observing tight end Rob Gronkowski hauled away the field late in the final quarter likely damages more than dropping a diversion in the AFC standings. After the greater part of alternate wounds the Patriots offense has endured for this present year – season-finishing wounds to left handle Nate Solder, running back Dion Lewis and beneficiary Aaron Dobson, and an inconclusive nonattendance for No. 1 recipient Julian Edelman – it's currently reasonable to think about the amount more the Patriots can survive.

What we'll be discussing: As much as the Broncos will attempt to make light of it, there is a quarterback contention fermenting after Brock Osweiler drove the Broncos to 17 final quarter focuses and a brief 24-21 lead before the diversion went to extra minutes. Osweiler had his issues on occasion against Bill Belichick's resistance – including a first-half capture attempt and three sacks – however he demonstrated the balance and certainty that has enlivened his colleagues. Peyton Manning will be out for in any event one more week, however Osweiler is making it exceptionally troublesome for the Broncos to do a reversal to Manning at whatever point the veteran flag guest's left foot mends up.

Key minute: Patriots returner Chris Harper fumbled a punt ahead of schedule in the final quarter, and it was recouped by Broncos linebacker Shaq Barrett. It was the energy swing the Broncos required after an appalling second from last quarter, and it touched off the Broncos' rally. The Broncos scored a touchdown a few plays later to slice New England's lead to 21-14.

Key minute II: The Broncos put the last touches on the win when C.J. Anderson hurried down the left sideline for a 48-yard touchdown subsequent to denying the Patriots on the first ownership of extra time. Anderson completed with 113 yards and two touchdowns on 15 conveys.

What you didn't see: Broncos wide collector Demaryius Thomas. In spite of the fact that he's on pace for well more than 100 gets and 1,000 getting yards, he was verging on undetectable against the Patriots – with the exception of a few imperative drops. The Patriots for the most part killed him with a mix of cornerback Logan Ryan and wellbeing Devin McCourty, and the times Thomas did get free, he couldn't contract the ball. He completed the night with one catch on 13 targets, however his greatest play came late in the final quarter when he drew a cautious holding ring to set the Broncos' approval touchdown.

Imperative wounds: Broncos security T.J. Ward and cautious handle Sly Williams harmed on same play right on time in the second quarter, and both were discounted of the diversion with lower leg wounds in the wake of being headed to the locker room. The Broncos likewise lost beginning right monitor Louis Vasquez to a crotch harm in the first half, compelling a stumbled Evan Mathis, who was dynamic however did not begin, once again into the lineup.

The Patriots additionally needed to play over two quarters without linebacker Dont'a Hightower, who harmed his knee.

Up next: The Patriots will attempt to bounce back one week from now with a home diversion against the battling Philadelphia Eagles. For the Broncos, Osweiler is relied upon to make his third profession begin against the San Die
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