- NE 336
- 244 DEN
- NE 2
- 1 DEN
- NE 20
- 12 DEN
- Denver, CO 80204
- Line: NE -3.0
- Over/Under: 45
Rob Gronkowski, Von Miller get game balls
Broncos knocked Brady off his game
Waddle: I've never seen Brady under so much duress
Gostkowski's missed PAT proves to be significant
Owen Daniels 21 Yd pass from Peyton Manning (Brandon McManus Kick)
11 plays, 83 yards, 5:30
Steven Jackson 1 Yd Run
2 plays, 22 yards, 0:34
Owen Daniels 12 Yd pass from Peyton Manning (Brandon McManus Kick)
3 plays, 16 yards, 0:49
Stephen Gostkowski 46 Yd Field Goal
13 plays, 48 yards, 6:44
Brandon McManus 52 Yd Field Goal
6 plays, 23 yards, 1:13
Stephen Gostkowski 38 Yd Field Goal
8 plays, 47 yards, 2:49
Brandon McManus 31 Yd Field Goal
10 plays, 48 yards, 4:58
Rob Gronkowski 4 Yd pass from Tom Brady (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed)
8 plays, 50 yards, 1:40
In the first 23 seasons of the current playoff format, both conference's No. 1 seed reached the Super Bowl 3 times (1991, 1993 & 2009). This is now the 3rd straight season in which both No. 1 seeds reached the Super Bowl.
Emmanuel Sanders led the Broncos with 5 receptions for 62 yards Sunday, including 3 third-down receptions that each resulted in first downs. 2 of those third-down catches kept drives alive that eventually resulted in Broncos points.During the regular season, Sanders led the Broncos with 24 third-down catches that led to first downs, tied for 5th most in the league.
Both of Peyton Manning's touchdown passes to Owen Daniels Sunday were thrown more than 10 yards downfield, just the 2nd time this season Manning has thrown multiple touchdowns of that distance (2 in Week 3 at Lions). Daniels had just 1 touchdown reception of at least 10 air yards all season entering Sunday.In the 1st half, Manning was 6-of-13 for 106 yards and 2 touchdowns on throws more than 10 yards downfield. That was his most such completions in any half this season, and tied for his most in any half of a postseason game in the last 10 seasons.
The Patriots were 2-of-15 on 3rd down Sunday (13.3 percent), their worst 3rd-down conversion rate in a postseason game in the Brady/Belichick era (since 2001). In their 2 losses to the Broncos this season, the Patriots converted on 14 percent of third-down chances (4-of-28). They converted on 3rd down 43 percent of the time against all other teams.Tom Brady was 3-of-10 (30.0 percent) for 32 yards, an interception and 3 sacks on 3rd down Sunday, his worst 3rd-down completion percentage in a postseason game since the 2007 AFC Championship against the Chargers (25.0 percent). Brady had never previously taken 3 sacks on 3rd down in a postseason.
The Broncos sent exactly 3 pass rushers on 14 of Tom Brady's dropbacks Sunday, with Brady going 4-of-13 with a sack against such rushes.The Broncos had sent exactly 3 rushers on 14 dropbacks all season prior to Sunday's game and did so just once in Week 12 against the Patriots.
This was the 1st time in Tom Brady's career (regular season or postseason) that he completed less than half of his passes and threw multiple interceptions in a game.
Tom Brady was hit a season-high 23 times Sunday. He hadn't taken more than 12 hits in a game this season prior to Sunday.
Assuming he starts Super Bowl 50, Peyton Manning will be just the 7th QB to start in 4 Super Bowls. He will be the first of that bunch to have a different head coach in each start.
Owen Daniels is the 3rd player in Broncos history to catch multiple touchdown passes in a postseason game, joining Clarence Kay (1987) and Haven Moses (1977).
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck tried his hand at auto racing on Wednesday, doing a few laps with former Indy 500 champion Mario Andretti.
Broncos offensive lineman Ty Sambrailo will get a shot at guard this season, but the coaches know he also has the ability to play tackle.
New York Jets DT Sheldon Richardson is keeping a positive attitude regarding his offseason workouts and possible discipline from the NFL.
ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini says that with Ryan Fitzpatrick still unsigned, Geno Smith led the first-team offense and looked sharp on Wednesday and Smith said he sees this as an opportunity.
ESPN NFL analyst Herm Edwards explains that kicker Blair Walsh will be able to put last year's wild-card field goal miss behind him because the Vikings will provide the opportunity for him to get back in similar situations over and over again.
Undrafted rookie Claudell Louis relishes the chance to play for Buffalo, an opportunity he didn't think possible on his accidental path to football.