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4 Total Updates since October 7, 2012
7 months ago Article 88 comments
The Patriots held on for a 31-21 win against the Broncos, despite a late Peyton Manning rally.
7 months ago Update 504 comments
On offense, the Patriots continue to churn out long drives. Quarterback Tom Brady is having arguably his best game of the year, and capped off the Patriots first scoring drive with a one yard touchdown run. After a Rob Ninkovich strip sack of Peyton Manning the ensuing drive, Stevan Ridley then punched the ball into the end zone to give the Patriots a 31-7 lead.
Of course, as Patriots fans know, things are never over for a Peyton Manning quarterback team. Manning took the Broncos down the field with ease on the next drive, and cut the Patriots lead to 31-14.
The Patriots are driving to start the fourth quarter, and another score would certainly make things more comfortable. If there was a comfortable against Peyton Manning. Which there isn't.
7 months ago Update 611 comments
The Patriots offense is on a roll, scoring on three consecutive long scoring drives to close out the first half - and the team is taking a 17-7 lead over the Broncos into the third quarter as a result.
Quarterback Tom Brady has been prolific all afternoon, completing 17 of 20 first half passes for 165 yards and a first quarter touchdown to Wes Welker. Speaking of Welker, he's been unstoppable as well, reeling in nine catches for 71 yards and the aforementioned touchdown. Brady's protection has been pretty stellar, and the no huddle offense has been at its best. Running back Stevan Ridley has also done a solid job, chipping in 70 yards on 13 carries thus far.
Nonetheless, the team has to be disappointed that they couldn't punch the ball into the end zone late in the first half, being stuffed on consecutive runs after a second and goal from the one.
Defensively, the Patriots have done a solid job shutting down the Broncos' offense - aside from allowing a couple of long passing plays, and the Devin McCourty pass interference that set up a Peyton Manning to Joel Dreesen one yard touchdown.
The Patriots will get the ball to start the second half.
7 months ago Update 451 comments
The Denver Broncos have responded to the Patriots' first quarter touchdown with a score of their own. On a first and goal from the one at the beginning of the second quarter, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning connected with tight end Joel Dreesen for the one yard touchdown to tie the game at seven.