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Vote: What was the Patriots’ biggest play from their 18-12 loss against the Broncos?

Related: Patriots vs Broncos recap: New England loses 18-12 as comeback attempt falls short

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The New England Patriots played some disappointing football through three quarters against the Denver Broncos, and eventually lost with a final score of 18-12 to fall to 2-3 on the season. Despite all of that, however, the team did have some positive plays that helped kickstart a comeback attempt that fell short but had the Patriots in a good position to eventually take their first lead of the day late in the contest. Alas, they couldn’t capitalize.

Here are five plays worthy of being crowned the Patriots’ best from the game. Please make sure to vote for your favorite below. The play with the most votes, as always, will be broken down in greater detail later during the week.

1.) Cam Newton’s 38-yard run

Down 18-3 with under 10 minutes remaining in the game, the Patriots finally produced a good-looking offensive series — one that was later capped by their only touchdown of the day. Before the score, however, Cam Newton had an impressive individual play: New England’s starting quarterback burst through the line of scrimmage on a scramble and was not brought down until he had gained 38 yards. No run on either side gained more yards on Sunday.

2.) The game’s only touchdown

The Patriots did lose against Denver, but they were the only team of the two to actually reach the end zone. And “reach” is a good word here: the game’s only touchdown was scored on a quarterback sneak that saw Cam Newton reach across the goal line for a touchdown. Newton was originally ruled down short of the line to gain, but New England successfully challenged the play to have it turned into a score.

3.) J.C. Jackson with the pick

All the Broncos offense had to do in order to put the team in a comfortable position late in the fourth quarter was milk some clock and not turn the ball over. It failed to do that, allowing New England back into the game. The first major mistake made by the team came on a 3rd-and-11 that saw quarterback Drew Lock get picked off by Patriots defender J.C. Jackson, who ran back the interception 30 yards to set up a field goal. Jackson had a good game, with the takeaway his best moment of the contest.

4.) Jonathan Jones with the pick

Drew Lock’s very next pass attempt after his interception resulted in another turnover: the Broncos’ quarterback was attempting to hook up with wide receiver Tim Patrick on a deep pass, but Patriots slot cornerback Jonathan Jones was able to lay out and pick off the overthrown pass to give New England a chance to take a lead late in the fourth quarter. The team failed to take advantage, but Jones’ play still stands as an impressive one by him.

5.) Julian Edelman, quarterback

In order to move the ball late in the game after failing to do so for much of the afternoon, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels dug deep into his playbook and called not one but two Julian Edelman pass attempts. The first went for 22 yards to running back James White, but the second was especially memorable: Cam Newton handed the football off to White, who pitched it back to Edelman, who in turn threw a pass to Newton for a total gain of 16. It was a fun moment on an otherwise mostly forgettable day.

With all that said, what do you think was the Patriots’ best play on Sunday night?


Which play was the Patriots’ biggest against the Broncos?

This poll is closed

  • 19%
    Newton’s 38-yard run
    (22 votes)
  • 3%
    Newton’s touchdown
    (4 votes)
  • 18%
    Jackson’s interception
    (21 votes)
  • 25%
    Jones’ interception
    (28 votes)
  • 32%
    (36 votes)
111 votes total Vote Now