Coaching against his mentor, Bill Belichick, could have been a daunting task for Josh McDaniels and the Broncos. But, just like the last four weeks, the rookie coach made what seemed to be all the right calls, and once again the Broncos pulled out a huge win, topping New England in overtime 20-17.
The win was cemented when the Broncos got the ball first in OT, and against Tom Brady, who was 7-0 in OT entering the game, they never let him get on the field. The offense went 11 plays, 58-yards, and Matt Prater nailed a 41-yard field goal much to the delight of the loud crowd at Invesco Field at Mile High.
The Pats looked like they would sail out of Denver with a big win, as they went up 10-0 after a Stephen Gostkowski 53-yard field goal with 3:51 left in the first quarter. Then they led 17-7 at the half when Brady hit Benjamin Watson with a 7-yard touchdown with :05 left in the half.
The Broncos rallied though, as after Prater kicked a short field goal to make it 17-10 in the third quarter, the defense put up a wall against the Pats offense, not allowing Brady and company to do much of anything. Then down 17-10 with 9:59 left, Broncos QB Kyle Orton was at his patient best during a huge 98-yard game-tying drive.
A 14-yard completion to Jabar Gaffney, a screen to Knowshon Moreno that sprung for 27. A 7-yard completion to Eddie Royal, who finished with 10 catches for 90 yards. The drive wrapped up with an 11-yard TD to Brandon Marshall that tied the game.
The Pats were able to get the ball to the Broncos 49 on the next drive, but Vonnie Holliday sacked Brady, and Elvis Dumervil recovered, ending the drive and eventually pushing the game to overtime. The Broncos OT drive started at their 20, and after Orton hit three passes, and Moreno went for 9 yards, the team was in business. They eventually got to the Pats 22, when Prater calmly hit the game winner.
The Broncos improved to 5-0 for the first time since 1998—the last time they went to the Super Bowl. The Pats fall to 3-2. The Broncos play at San Diego next Monday night.
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