By: Colton Wood
The Sheriff is back and town and is riding on a hot streak as the Denver Broncos knocked off the reigning Super Bowl Champions 20-18
Although Denver reached the end zone on their first possession, the game featured more key defensive stops than offensive drives.
The first half featured a Denver fumble recovered by the Patriots and then two interceptions by Tom Brady. Denver closed out the first half leading New England 17-9.
Manning only threw for 176 yards in the victory, but threw two touchdowns and no interceptions. Tom Brady recorded almost double the yards thrown by Manning, but managed to throw two interceptions.
Neither team was able to rush the ball well the whole game. New England was limited to just 44 yards with Tom Brady being their leading rusher (yes that isn’t a mistake) with 13 yards. Denver recorded 99 yards on the ground with CJ Anderson picking up 72 of those yards.
Rob Gronkowski was the game’s best receiver as he had eight receptions for 144 yards and one touchdown. Sanders led in Denver in receiving yards with 62 yards.
The game was close all the way until the last seconds. Brady was in position to set up a game-winning drive, but managed to stall out in Denver territory and failed to pick up the first down on a fourth-down play. New England had a key defensive drive and forced Denver to turn the ball over on downs as then went three-and-out on the ensuing possession and failed to get the first down on the fourth down try.
The Patriots, who were down by eight, were once again in position to tie the game with 1:40 left in the game. Brady led the Patriots’ offense 50 yards down the field and managed to throw a touchdown pass to Gronkowski with 12 seconds left on the clock. They were unable to get the two point conversion which pretty much ended the Patriots hope at a comeback.
The Broncos recovered the onside kick and the Sheriff and Co. then got set in the victory formation. Denver will now play the Carolina Panthers who knocked off the Cardinals in a blowout fashion Sunday night.
The Broncos are currently 3.5 point underdogs in the Super Bowl.
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