Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Patriots cruise to 41-16 win over Broncos

Denver Broncos star Menelik Watson GETTYMenelik Watson is on injured reserve
Kristopher Love | 13 November, 2017, 07:22

Following their fifth straight loss of the 2017 season and their second really ugly loss in a row at the hands of the New England Patriots, it's apparent that the Denver Broncos are the worst coached team in the National Football League right now.

It was the seventh time in seven years the Patriots and Broncos have met in the regular season. A second McManus field goal made the score 14-6 with just more than five minutes remaining in the first quarter, but that was as close as the Broncos got for the rest of the night.

Brady finished the game with 266 yards passing and three touchdowns, completing 25 of his 34 pass attempts.

Thanks to some incredible special teams play by New England, Brady was consistently starting drives in great field position. Backup Brock Osweiler started that game and threw two interceptions, while Denver's defense surrendered 419 yards of total offense.

The incident during the punt came on a night that had already been awful for the Broncos special teams.

Glaring issues littered the field for Denver but special teams stole the show, muffing a punt, having one blocked and giving up a 103-yard kick return for a touchdown. He dodged Shaquil Barrett at the 20, side-stepped a diving McManus near midfield and withstood a desperation shove by Devontae Booker near the sideline, staying in bounds to finish out the scoring run.

NOTES: Patriots WR Matthew Slater went out in the first half with a hamstring injury.