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Brady leads Patriots to 16-3 win over Broncos

DENVER (AP) Tom Brady overcame a slow start to lead the New England Patriots to a rare win in Denver on Sunday, a 16-3 grinder that dealt a crushing blow to the Broncos' playoff hopes.

Brady missed his first six passes for just the second time his career - the first was way back on Oct. 12, 2003, against the Giants - but he came back to lead the Patriots (12-2) to a record eighth consecutive division title and a first-round bye.

Brady returned to the site of his worst beating, a 20-18 loss in the AFC championship 11 months ago when he was hit a career-high 23 times. This time, he brought a power run game and a much-improved O-line with him.

The result was just his third win in Denver in 10 tries, and it was the Broncos' hopes of defending their Super Bowl title that took a beating.

The Broncos (8-6) lost for the third time in four games and were supplanted by the Dolphins for the sixth and final playoff spot in the AFC race with two weeks remaining.

Brady completed just half of his 32 passes for 188 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions for a passer rating of 68.2. That was actually worse that Broncos' QB Trevor Siemian, who was 25 for 40 for 282 yards with an interception for a rating of 73.1.

Those numbers alone belied the Patriots' all-around dominance of their nemesis.

Behind Dion Lewis' 95-yard effort, New England outrushed Denver 136 yards to 58.

Brady's first completion was a 17-yarder to Julian Edelman a minute into the second quarter, which ignited a touchdown drive that ended with LeGarrette Blount powering his way in from the 1 . That was his 15th rushing touchdown, which set a single-season franchise record and broke a 3-3 tie.

The Patriots put the ball on the ground twice on that drive. Brady was sack-stripped on the first snap with left guard Joe Thuney pouncing on the fumble, and Lewis recovered his own fumble at the Denver 1 just before Blount scored.

The Broncos outgained New England 146 yards to 39 in the first quarter, but Siemian made two bad decisions that thwarted promising drives.

His throw to Emmanuel Sanders from the New England 14 was both poorly timed and poorly placed. Cornerback Ryan Logan picked it off and returned it to midfield, setting up Blount's TD run.

The Broncos reached the New England 31 on the ensuing drive but Siemian was pressured and instead of throwing the ball away dumped it off to running back Justin Forsett for a 6-yard loss that pushed Denver out of field goal range.

Denver trailed 10-3 at the half and had five consecutive three-and-outs before its initial first down, which came with about eight minutes left in the game on a drive that stalled at the New England 30, where the Broncos gave up the ball on downs.

That, and temperatures in the teens, sent the crowd streaming the exits.

PUNT RETURN PROBLEMS: Jordan Norwood, who'd been benched in favor of rookie speedster Kalif Raymond after two muffed punts in a loss against Kansas City last month, muffed his first chance Sunday when Raymond was a surprise scratch.

Norwood allowed Ryan Allen's punt to go through his arms and legs, giving the ball to the Patriots at the Denver 21. That resulted in a 45-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski.

Norwood also fumbled away his only catch of the day, with 14 seconds left in the game.

SLOW DOWN: Brandon McManus' 33-yard field goal accounted for Denver's only points. They came in the first quarter, where the Broncos are the slowest starters in the NFL with just 26 points this season. But Denver limited the Patriots to just a field goal in the first quarter, and New England came in with a league-leading 103-point tally in the first 15 minutes of games.

INJURIES: Broncos TE Virgil Green left with a concussion in the first quarter and the Broncos announced early in the second half that DE Derek Wolfe was out with a neck injury. That left Denver with just four D-linemen to defend New England's run game. Patriots DT Malcom Brown went out in the second quarter with a stomach issue.

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Key Players
D. Lewis 33 RB
95 YDs, 0 TDs
D. Thomas 88 WR
91 YDs, 0 TDs
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 8:16
S.Gostkowski 21 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Cardona, Holder-R.Allen.
6
plays
50
yds
2:40
pos
16
3
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 5:28
S.Gostkowski 40 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Cardona, Holder-R.Allen.
11
plays
61
yds
5:12
pos
13
3
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 11:01
S.Gostkowski extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Cardona, Holder-R.Allen.
plays
yds
pos
10
3
Touchdown 11:01
L.Blount up the middle for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN.
7
plays
46
yds
3:49
pos
9
3
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 6:58
B.McManus 33 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-T.Gafford, Holder-R.Dixon.
8
plays
47
yds
2:55
pos
3
3
Field Goal 12:27
S.Gostkowski 45 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Cardona, Holder-R.Allen.
4
plays
4
yds
0:49
pos
3
0
Time of Pos 33:36 26:24
1st Downs 20 15
Rushing 6 4
Passing 11 10
Penalty 3 1
3rd Down Conv 5-17 2-12
4th Down Conv 0-1 0-1
Total Net Yards 313 309
Total Plays 73 61
Avg Gain 4.3 5.1
Net Yards Rushing 136 58
Rush Attempts 39 17
Avg Rush Yards 3.5 3.4
Net Yards Passing 177 251
Comp. - Att. 16-32 25-40
Yards Per Pass 5.5 6.3
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-11 4-31
Penalties - Yards 4-30 5-49
Touchdowns 1 0
Rushing TDs 1 0
Passing TDs 0 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 0 3
Fumbles - Lost 3-0 2-2
Int. Thrown 0 1
Punts - Avg 7-44.6 7-46.4
Return Yards 90 57
Punts - Returns 3-21 2-5
Kickoffs - Returns 1-23 2-52
Int. - Returns 1-46 0-0
Kicking 4/4 1/1
Extra Points 1/1 0/0
Field Goals 3/3 1/1
Red Zone Eff. 1-2 -50% 0-2 -0%
Goal to Go Eff. 1-2 -50% 0-0 -0%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Patriots 12-2373316
Broncos 8-630003
177 PASS YDS 251
136 RUSH YDS 58
313 TOTAL YDS 309
Patriots
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
T. Brady 12 QB
7
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 188 0 0 68.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.9% 3064 22 2 109.7
T. Brady 16/32 188 0 0 7
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Lewis 33 RB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
18 95 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
37 183 0
D. Lewis 18 95 0 14 9
L. Blount 29 RB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
17 31 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
265 1060 15
L. Blount 17 31 1 5 9
J. White 28 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
36 143 0
J. White 3 11 0 8 3
T. Brady 12 QB
7
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
27 58 0
T. Brady 1 -1 0 -1 7
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Edelman 11 WR
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
12 6 75 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 85 866 2
J. Edelman 12 6 75 0 17 7
M. Bennett 88 TE
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 2 35 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 50 649 5
M. Bennett 4 2 35 0 34 3
J. White 28 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 3 24 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 53 498 4
J. White 8 3 24 0 16 3
C. Hogan 15 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 18 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 33 631 4
C. Hogan 2 1 18 0 18 1
M. Mitchell 19 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 14 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 29 372 4
M. Mitchell 1 1 14 0 14 1
J. Develin 46 FB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 13 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 18 0
J. Develin 1 1 13 0 13 1
D. Lewis 33 RB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 14 85 0
D. Lewis 3 2 9 0 5 9
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
L. Ryan 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
67-14 1 1.0
L. Ryan 7-0 0.0 1 0
D. McCourty 32 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
58-12 1 0.0
D. McCourty 4-1 0.0 0 0
K. Van Noy 53 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
29-14 1 1.0
K. Van Noy 4-2 0.0 0 1
M. Butler 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
45-12 2 1.0
M. Butler 3-0 0.0 0 0
M. Brown 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-25 0 3.0
M. Brown 3-1 1.0 0 0
T. Flowers 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-16 0 7.0
T. Flowers 3-0 2.0 0 0
C. Long 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-12 0 3.0
C. Long 2-0 0.0 0 0
A. Branch 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-21 0 1.0
A. Branch 2-1 0.0 0 0
E. Rowe 25 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-3 0 0.0
E. Rowe 2-0 0.0 0 0
P. Chung 23 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
50-34 1 1.0
P. Chung 2-0 0.0 0 0
J. Jones 31 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-4 0 0.0
J. Jones 2-1 0.0 0 0
J. Sheard 93 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-10 0 4.5
J. Sheard 1-3 1.0 0 0
B. Mingo 51 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-2 0 0.0
B. Mingo 1-0 0.0 0 0
S. McClellin 58 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-21 0 1.0
S. McClellin 1-1 0.0 0 0
N. Ebner 43 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-6 0 0.0
N. Ebner 1-0 0.0 0 0
B. Bolden 38 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
B. Bolden 1-0 0.0 0 0
R. Ninkovich 50 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-12 0 4.0
R. Ninkovich 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Harmon 30 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-5 1 0.0
D. Harmon 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Hightower 54 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
30-34 0 2.5
D. Hightower 1-2 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
S. Gostkowski 3 K
0
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 1/1
SEASON FG XP
23/27 38/41
S. Gostkowski 3/3 45 1/1 10
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Allen 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
7 44.6 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
65 44.4 22
R. Allen 7 44.6 3 51
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Lewis 33 RB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 23.0 23 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 23.0 23 0
D. Lewis 1 23.0 23 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Edelman 11 WR
7
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 7.0 16 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
12 10.3 23 0
J. Edelman 3 7.0 16 0
Broncos
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
T. Siemian 13 QB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.5% 282 0 1 73.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.3% 3012 16 8 88.1
T. Siemian 25/40 282 0 1 9
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Forsett 20 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 37 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
60 190 0
J. Forsett 10 37 0 13 4
D. Booker 23 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 17 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
155 528 3
D. Booker 6 17 0 5 2
T. Siemian 13 QB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
26 62 0
T. Siemian 1 4 0 4 9
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Thomas 88 WR
9
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
11 7 91 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 83 1016 5
D. Thomas 11 7 91 0 23 9
E. Sanders 10 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 3 48 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 78 1006 5
E. Sanders 6 3 48 0 21 4
J. Heuerman 82 TE
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 2 40 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 88 0
J. Heuerman 4 2 40 0 31 4
A. Derby 83 TE
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 4 35 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 16 160 0
A. Derby 6 4 35 0 16 3
J. Forsett 20 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 16 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 20 85 0
J. Forsett 5 4 16 0 9 4
D. Booker 23 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 2 16 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 23 169 0
D. Booker 4 2 16 0 14 2
J. Taylor 87 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 15 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 12 142 2
J. Taylor 1 1 15 0 15 1
J. Norwood 11 WR
-3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 12 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 20 215 1
J. Norwood 1 1 12 0 12 -3
V. Green 85 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 19 220 0
V. Green 2 1 9 0 9 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
T. Davis 51 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-6 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
52-27 0 0.5
T. Davis 7-6 0.0 0 0
C. Nelson 52 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-6 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
35-19 0 0.0
C. Nelson 7-6 0.0 0 0
J. Crick 93 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
27-19 0 3.0
J. Crick 6-1 1.0 0 1
V. Miller 58 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
52-13 0 13.5
V. Miller 4-1 0.0 0 0
A. Gotsis 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-8 0 0.0
A. Gotsis 3-0 0.0 0 0
T. Ward 43 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
69-18 1 1.0
T. Ward 3-3 0.0 0 0
A. Talib 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
27-8 3 0.0
A. Talib 3-2 0.0 0 0
D. Stewart 26 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
46-13 3 0.0
D. Stewart 3-4 0.0 0 1
J. Norwood 11 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Norwood 2-0 0.0 0 0
D. Wolfe 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
36-13 0 5.5
D. Wolfe 2-0 0.0 0 0
C. Latimer 14 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
C. Latimer 2-0 0.0 0 0
C. Harris 25 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
53-5 2 0.0
C. Harris 1-1 0.0 0 0
W. Parks 34 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-4 1 0.0
W. Parks 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Simmons 31 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-4 0 1.0
J. Simmons 1-1 0.0 0 0
B. Winn 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-10 0 0.0
B. Winn 1-1 0.0 0 0
Q. Gause 49 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
Q. Gause 1-0 0.0 0 0
S. Ray 56 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
29-14 0 7.0
S. Ray 1-0 1.0 0 0
D. Watson 57 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-4 0 0.0
D. Watson 1-0 0.0 0 0
S. Barrett 48 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-12 0 1.5
S. Barrett 1-2 0.0 0 0
D. Thomas 88 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
D. Thomas 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Ware 94 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-5 0 4.0
D. Ware 0-1 0.0 0 0
Z. Anderson 50 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-5 0 0.0
Z. Anderson 0-1 0.0 0 0
S. Williams 92 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-8 0 1.0
S. Williams 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
B. McManus 8 K
0
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 0/0
SEASON FG XP
27/31 28/29
B. McManus 1/1 33 0/0 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Dixon 9 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
7 46.4 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
77 45.7 25
R. Dixon 7 46.4 3 58
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Latimer 14 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 26.0 31 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 25.0 46 0
C. Latimer 2 26.0 31 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Norwood 11 WR
-3
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 2.5 5 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
25 8.2 17 0
J. Norwood 2 2.5 5 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NE 24 1:44 3 7 Punt
13:16 DEN 31 0:49 4 4 FG
11:18 NE 15 1:25 3 2 Punt
6:58 NE 25 2:13 6 31 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:50 DEN 46 3:49 7 46 TD
5:14 NE 8 4:42 11 41 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:29 NE 25 1:13 3 -6 Punt
10:40 NE 17 5:12 11 61 FG
4:25 NE 10 4:25 8 40 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:39 NE 35 1:06 3 4 Punt
10:56 NE 47 2:40 6 50 FG
5:58 NE 30 4:04 10 44 Downs
0:14 NE 24 0:14 1 -1 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:27 DEN 25 1:09 4 20 Punt
9:53 DEN 38 2:55 8 47 FG
4:45 DEN 7 4:55 11 79 INT
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:01 DEN 24 5:47 11 39 Punt
0:32 DEN 20 0:32 1 7 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 DEN 31 1:31 3 2 Punt
12:16 DEN 37 1:36 3 4 Punt
5:28 DEN 25 1:03 3 3 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 DEN 7 1:21 3 5 Punt
12:33 DEN 12 1:37 3 -5 Punt
8:16 DEN 25 2:18 6 45 Downs
1:54 DEN 26 1:40 6 44 Fumble