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After the first quarter the Broncos went from one disaster to another struggling to convert and failing to execute in the red zone.
The slippery slope started out when Bronco quarterback Peyton Manning threw an interception, one of two in the game (Manning had previously thrown only two interceptions for the season).
Early in the first quarter the Patriots got on the scoreboard first with a Stephen Gostkowki field goal to make the score 3-0. The Broncos answered with a Ronnie Hillman touchdown from the 1 yard line and made the score 7-3. Looked like it was going to be a normal Bronco/Patriot game of back and forth like usual.
But the Patriots came out in the second quarter and took command and dragged the Broncos around for the rest of the game. After sacking Patriot quarterback Tom Brady in the last possession of the first quarter with a score of 7-6 this would be the last time the Broncos would lead for the rest of the game.
Peyton Manning opened the second quarter with an interception by Rod Ninkovich that resulted in Julian Edelman touchdown from first and goal. That put the Pats in the lead 13-7. They had put up a field goal in the quarter opener to make it 7-6.
The Broncos then went to a disastrous punt out city that saw Edelman rumble 84 yards with a Britton Colquitt punt back to the Bronco goal to boost their lead to 20-7
When the Broncos tried to score with a 41-yard Brandon McManus field goal, he blew it. Where is Matt Prater when you need him, guys?
Patriots moped up the end of the half with another touchdown from Brady to Shane Vereen to go to the locker room with 27-7 lead.
The Broncos did not recover in the second half
Bradley Roby intercepted Tom Brady’s pass in the second half opener to give the Broncos a glimmer of hope as Julius Thomas scored on a 18-yard touchdown pass to make the score 27-14.
But, the Patriots bounced back from a sack with a 45-yard field goal to up the ante to 30-14.
By the end of the third quarter the Broncos had scored their final touchdown on a Ronnie Hillman 15-yard touchdown run to make the score 37-21.
The rest of the game they spent in punt out and out on downs city while the Patriots racked up another touchdown to make the final score 43-21. They did blow the two-point conversion however. Some consolation.
This puts the Broncos at 6-2 and the Patriots on top at 7-2. Thw Patriots have next week off.
The Broncos next Sunday play the winless Oakland Raiders. The Raiders, now 0-8, lost 30-24 to the Seattle Seahawks Sunday. In 2013 the Raiders lost 37-21 to the Broncos in September and lost 34-14 at the end of the season in December. In 2012 the Raiders lost 37-6 to the Broncos in September and 26-3 in December. The Raiders went 4-12 in 2013 and also in 2012.
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