Mile High Magic: Broncos rally to stun Patriots, 30-24, in overtime

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DENVER — The Broncos ended the New England Patriots’ perfect season Sunday night as C.J. Anderson ran 48 yards around left end in overtime, rallying from 14 points down in the fourth quarter to win, 30-24, at snowy Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

The Patriots got the ball first in overtime, but quarterback Tom Brady was sacked on second down and threw incomplete on third down, forcing a punt.

The Broncos got the ball on their 43-yard line, only needing a field goal to win but instead got the touchdown to improve to 9-2. The Patriots fell to 10-1.

Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Andre Caldwell with 1:09 to play in the fourth quarter to give Denver its first lead of the game.

The Broncos fell behind, 14-0, in the second quarter and 21-7 after Brady found Brandon Bolden on a 63-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the fourth quarter.

But the Broncos scored 10 consecutive points to get within 21-17, then got the ball back with less than five minutes to play with a chance to take the lead but instead went three-and-out.

The Patriots got a first down, but then Brady threw two incompletions, stopping the clock and preserving time for the Broncos.

The Broncos forced the Patriots to punt and got the ball at their 17-yard line with 2:31 to play.

On first down, Osweiler found receiver Demaryius Thomas on a 36-yard reception to get to the Patriots 47-yard line at the two-minute warning. It was Thomas’ first catch of the game after being targeted 11 times previously in the game.

Two players later, Osweiler connected on a 39-yard catch down the left sideline to Emmanuel Sanders to the Patriots 8-yard line.

Osweiler then kept the ball and was driven out of bounds for a 1-yard gain, then was sacked. But the Patriots’ Patrick Chung was called for defensive holding, giving the Broncos a first down at the 4-yard line.

On the next play, Osweiller found Andre Caldwell in the back of the end zone for a touchdown to make it 24-21 with 1:09 to play.

That was too much time for Brady and the Patriots, who drove 51 yards in five plays for Stephen Gostkowski, who made a 47-yard field goal on the last play of regulation to force overtime.

Every other team in the AFC West won on Sunday, but the Broncos’ divisional lead stayed at three games over the Kansas City Chiefs with five games to play.

Relive the Broncos’ big win below as it happened. Denver travels to San Diego for a 2:05 p.m. game next Sunday against the Chargers.

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Things got off to a bad start for the Broncos. After going three-and-out, Britton Colquitt had a terrible punt that set up the Patriots inside Broncos territory.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady then made it look easy, driving 47 yards in four plays — all passes — and finding Rob Gronkowski on a 23-yard touchdown pass for a 7-0 lead with 11:24 to play in the first quarter.

After an exchange of punts, the Broncos offense finally got going, especially the running game as Denver drove to the Patriots 21.

But on third down, Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler was sacked by Jonathan Freeney for a 13-yard loss and instead of trying a field goal, the Broncos punted because of the deteriorating weather conditions.

Late in the first quarter, the Broncos lost safety T.J. Ward and nose tackle Sylvester Williams to leg injuries on the same play. Both were carted off the field and were declared questionable to return.

Early in the second quarter, Osweiler had a pass tipped at the line of scrimmage and the Patriots’ Chandler Jones intercepted the jump ball at the Broncos 15-yard line.

After an encroachment penalty, the Broncos forced a third down, but Brady found Scott Chandler for a 9-yard touchdown to put the Patriots ahead, 14-0, with 10:40 left in the first half.

The Broncos finally got on the board late in the first half, going 77 yards in 10 plays capped by a 19-yard run from Ronnie Hillman to cut New England’s lead to 14-7 with 2:07 left in the half.

Osweiler finished the first half 10 of 14 for 87 yards, while Brady was 13 of 18 for 106 yards. The Broncos had 74 rushing yards and 74 passing yards, and controlled the clock for 18:29 to New England’s 11:31. The Patriots finished the first half with 102 passing yards and only 21 yards on the ground.

The Broncos forced the Patriots to punt to start the second half, then drove from their 11-yard line to the New England 30 where the drive stalled thanks to a holding penalty.

Brandon McManus came on for 48-yard field goal attempt, but it went wide right and it remained 14-7 with 6:57 left in the third quarter.

On the first play of the fourth quarter, facing third-and-7, Brady found Brandon Bolden down the right sideline for a crushing 63-yard touchdown pass to give the Patriots a 21-7 lead.

After going into a three-and-out, the Broncos finally got a big break when Chris Harper fumbled the punt and the Broncos’ Cody Latimer recovered at the New England 36.

A hobbling Osweiler then led the Broncos on a four-play drive with C.J. Anderson going to the left and scoring from 15 yards out to make it 21-14 with 12:34 to play.

After the Patriots had a 51-yard pass play called back on a holding penalty, they punted and the Broncos drove to the New England 3 with just more than six minutes to play. On fourth down, the Broncos settled for a 21-yard field goal by McManus to make it 21-17 with 6:08 to play.

The Broncos got the ball back with less than five minutes to play with a chance to take the lead but went three-and-out. The Patriots got a first down, but then Brady threw two incompletions, stopping the clock and preserving time for the Broncos.

The Broncos forced the Patriots to punt and got the ball at their 17-yard line with 2:31 to play. On first down, Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler found receiver Demaryius Thomas on a 36-yard reception to get to the Patriots 47-yard line at the two-minute warning.

Two players later, Osweiler connected on a 39-yard catch down the left sideline to the Patriots 8-yard line.

Osweiler then kept the ball and was driven out of bounds for a 1-yard gain then was sacked but Patrick Chung was called for defensive holding, giving the Broncos a first down at the 4-yard line.

On the next play, Osweiller found Andre Caldwell in the back of the end zone to make it 24-21 with 1:09 to play.

But that was more than enough time for Brady and the Patriots as they drove 51 yards in five plays and got a 47-yard field goal from Stephen Gostkowski on the last play of regulation to force overtime.

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