Broncos vs Patriots: The Denver Broncos defeated the New England Patriots 30-24 in overtime Sunday night to end the NFL champions’ celebrated undefeated streak that began in January. On a snowy night in Denver, the Broncos improved to 9-2 while the Patriots stumbled to 10-1 as Week 12 of the season rolls on.
The match ended with C.J. Anderson running all alone down the left sideline, after getting through Duron Harmon’s tackle attempt on a third-down run. It took Anderson 48 yards to the end zone to complete a dramatic comeback victory that ended Patriots’ hopes of a perfect season.
It was a devastating night for the Patriots, who besides losing their first game since January, lost tight end Rob Gronkowski to a potentially season-ending knee injury. Gronkowski was carted off the field with 2:49 left after Darian Stewart, diving for a tackle, made contact with Gronkowski’s right leg.
Gronkowski joined Patriots’ long list of injury-ridden players that includes wide receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola and running back Dion Lewis and left tackle Nate Solder.
With Tom Brady completing his first four passes – two each to Brandon LaFell and Gronkowski – the NFL champions jumped out to an assertive 7-0 lead just 3 minutes and 26 seconds into the game.
Then, just over two minutes into the second quarter, Patriots completed their second touchdown and it appeared that their winning streak was more than safe.
At the start of the fourth quarter, Patriots RB Brandon Bolden scored on a 63-yard touchdown to give his team a commanding 21-7 lead. That’s when the Broncos fightback began: with a muffed punt by Patriots’ Chris Harper, leading to a touchdown. The Broncos made a kicked field goal from the 3-yard line with little more than six minutes left. With 1:09 left, Brock Osweiler hit Andre Caldwell for a 4-yard touchdown to put the home team up by a field goal.