New England Patriots at Denver Broncos 11/29/15 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Broncos 30, Patriots 24
November 29, 2015
Rounding out the NFL’s Week 12 Sunday schedule, we had a great-looking matchup between the Patriots and Broncos. New England stayed perfect in their last appearance, defeating the Bills at home, while the Broncos went to Chicago in Week 12 and edged out the Bears. This game was a potential playoff preview, and we could see the same matchup down the road.
Let’s check out some of the notable players and stats from this game so we can figure out why things played out the way they did. Afterward, we’ll visit Week 13 so we can see what’s ahead for both teams.
What Happened: The Patriots and Broncos have had several memorable games over the years, and this will go down as another one. New England got on the board first, with Tom Brady hooking up with Rob Gronkowski for a 23-yard score. It was 7-0 after one.
In the second, the Patriots made it 14-0 with a Scott Chandler TD catch from nine yards out. Ronnie Hillman got the Broncos back to within one score with a 19-yard TD run.
At the break, it was 14-7 New England.
There was no scoring in the third, but in the fourth the teams’ offenses started clicking again. Brandon Bolden scored on a huge 63-yard TD catch from Brady to put the Patriots back up by two scores.
Denver stormed back after that, scoring three times on a C.J. Anderson run, a 21-yard Brandon McManus field goal and an Andre Caldwell TD catch from four yards out.
There was very little time left, but Brady marched his team down the field for a Stephen Gostkowski kick from 47 yards that tied the game as the clock expired. We were headed to overtime.
Anderson scored the decisive touchdown in the extra period, breaking a 48-yard run to give Denver the victory 30-24.
The Patriots are no longer undefeated; they fall to 10-1. Denver moves to 9-2 and will have plenty of QB questions to answer when Peyton Manning gets healthy enough to play.
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The Stars: Anderson deserves top honors here. He rushed 15 times for 113 yards and two touchdowns, adding four grabs for 40 yards as well. Osweiler played admirably, tossing for 270 yards, the TD and one interception. His top target was Emmanuel Sanders, who hauled in six balls for 113 yards.
Brady was solid on the other side as usual, passing for 280 and three touchdowns.
Denver’s defense helped save the day as well; they held the Pats to 301 total net yards.
The Goats: New England was just 2-of-14 on third and fourth down, uncharacteristic for an efficient offense such as theirs. The team gained just 39 net yards rushing on 16 plays for a paltry average of 2.4 per play.
Injuries: The only injury anyone will be talking about today happened to Pats TE Rob Gronkowski. He was carted off the field with just under three minutes left in the fourth due to a right knee injury.
Gronkowski walked to the bus with a minor limp but wasn’t wearing a brace after the game.
Broncos RB Louis Vasquez sustained a groin injury and Pats LB Dont’a Hightower sustained a knee injury.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 13, both teams will be back in action on Sunday, December 6. The Broncos will head to San Diego to see the Chargers (4:05 PM ET on CBS). Meanwhile, the Patriots will welcome the Eagles to town (4:25 PM ET on FOX).
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