Broncos at Patriots Sunday night showdown

Broncos at Patriots Sunday night showdown

Zuri Berry and Steve Silva provide updates as the Patriots face the Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football. Add your comments in the right-hand panel.

New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski nailed a 31-yard field goal in overtime, lifting the Patriots over the Denver Broncos, 34-31.

The Patriots battled back from 24-0 deficit to win the game. But it wasn't without adversity. 

Demaryius Thomas beat cornerback Aqib Talib on a quick fade route for an 11-yard touchdown with 3:06 left in the fourth quarter as the Broncos tied the Patriots, 31-0, before heading into overtime. 

Julian Edelman juked once, then for a second time, before diving into the end zone on a 14-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. Stephen Gostkowski followed up with a 31-yard field as the Patriots went on a run in the second half. 

Tom Brady connected with Edelman for a 5-yard touchdown pass, Brandon Bolden punched in a 1-yard touchdown, and Brady hit Rob Gronkowski for a 6-yard touchdown, all in the third quarter, as the Patriots cut the Broncos lead to 24-21.

In the first half, Peyton Manning threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Tamme, his first touchdown reception of the season, in the second quarter. 

Denver kicker Matt Prater made a 27-yard field with 2:57 left in the first quarter as the Broncos jumped ahead thanks in part to three Patriots turnovers. 

Running back LeGarrette Blount fumbled on a 9-yard run, setting up Prater's field goal.  And Brady was sacked by Von Miller, taking a crushing hit that caused him to fumble. Two plays later, the Broncos' Knowshon Moreno plowed into the end zone for a 2-yard touchdown as Denver went up 14-0.

Miller, the Broncos' linebacker, had made another impact play earlier when he picked up a Stevan Ridley fumble and rumbled 60 yards for a touchdown with 9:54 left in the first quarter. 
  • Steve Silva, 11/24/2013 10:32:33 PM

    Right around 30 degrees. Will head outside in a bit to confirm conditions

  • Patriots strength coach Harold Nash working out defensive backs Aqib Talib and Alfonzo Dennard. Dennard may actually play, apparently.
  • Brandon Spikes is on the field with no sleeves. He's getting worked out by the training staff now. #Patriots
  • #Patriots fans, we want to use your gameday @Instagram photos in Monday's 'Score' section of the @BostonGlobe . Hashtag #globescore
  • Steve Silva, 11/24/2013 11:18:12 PM

    Consensus is cold

  • Steve Silva, 11/24/2013 11:33:20 PM

    The temp on the ground

  • Steve Silva, 11/24/2013 11:39:48 PM
  • Steve Silva, 11/24/2013 11:48:39 PM

    Chandler Jones

  • Steve Silva, 11/24/2013 11:57:47 PM
  • Steve Silva, 11/24/2013 11:57:52 PM
  • Patriots inactives:
    Steve Gregory
    Michael Hoomanawanui
    Jake Bequette
    Steve Beauharnais
    Marcus Forston
    Josh Boyce
    Chris Barker
  • Broncos inactives:
    Zac Dysert
    Ronnie Hillman
    Champ Bailey
    Michael Huff
    J.D. Walton
    Chris Kuper
    Julius Thomas
    #broncos #patriots
  • Steve Silva, 11/25/2013 12:10:53 AM
  • Steve Silva, 11/25/2013 12:10:54 AM
  • Zuri Berry 11/25/2013 12:15:18 AM
    The Patriots will have both of their starting cornerbacks for the Denver Broncos' top-ranked passing offense Sunday night.

    Both Alfonzo Dennard (knee) and Aqib Talib (hip) will be available for the team. They both did pregame workouts for the training staff.

    Dennard is coming off a reported procedure to fix his meniscus.

    However, the Patriots will be without safety Steve Gregory, who practiced all week and spoke with the media. He has been dealing with a thumb injury suffered against the Pittsburgh Steelers and went through a procedure as well.

    Also inactive for the Patriots is DL Jake Bequette, LB Steve Beauharnais, DL Marcus Forston, WR Josh Boyce, and OL Chris Barker. Tight end Michael Hoomanawanui was listed as inactive on Friday with a knee injury.

    The Broncos will be without tight end Julius Thomas, who has accounted for 10 touchdown receptions this season. He had been limited in practice Thursday and Friday with a knee injury.

    Also inactive for the Broncos: QB Zac Dysert, RB Ronnie Hillman, CB Champ Bailey, S Michael Huff, OL J.D. Walton, and OL Chris Kuper.
  • Alfonzo Dennard, Aqib Talib active for Patriots against Broncos - #patriots #broncos
  • Current temp at @GilletteStadium is 22 degrees - would make this the coldest regular season game in Foxboro since 12/26/93.
  • Steve Silva, 11/25/2013 12:48:46 AM

    Wes Welker's triumphant return to Foxborough

  • Robert Kraft & Wes Welker chat on the @GilletteStadium sideline pre-game.

  • I've been asked who I like tonight a bunch ... Based on history, the conditions push me to give the edge to Brady and the Patriots.
  • Robert Kraft is full of hugs tonight during pre-game. Wes Welker, Scott Pioli and Alfonzo Dennard all on the receiving end
  • Wes Welker and Bob Kraft chatting at Gillette before game. Photo by Stephan Savoia of AP

  • Patriots-Broncos weather reminds of '07 Green Bay at Chicago. Aka the "I'm not going to lie, it was cold as hell" game. Orton over Favre
  • Video: Tom Brady rallies fans before Broncos game
  • Timeline: Explore every Tom Brady-Peyton Manning matchup. (Brady leads series 9-4) #Patriots
  • Zuri Berry 11/25/2013 1:17:20 AM
    Here's what to watch (as published in the Extra Points blog): This game just might be a shootout, the first one of the year for the Patriots.

    In 10 games, the Patriots have crossed the 30-point threshold only three times. No opponent has scored more than 31 against New England, including the vaunted New Orleans Saints (27). Which begs the question …

    1. Can the Patriots keep up? -- The Broncos are the No. 1 offense in the league, as you might've heard. They're dropping 39.8 points per game on opponents. Peyton Manning has an astonishing 3,572 yards and 34 touchdowns through 10 games. He's throwing 350 yards a game and his team is averaging 455.5 yards of total offense. While Tom Brady is fantastic in most regards, his team has been nowhere near that prolific. So we'll see if the Patriots utilize all of their opportunities and minimize their use of punter Ryan Allen, the likely harbinger of a loss.

    2. How will the injuries catch up to the Patriots? -- Last week, Aqib Talib (hip) couldn't finish against the Carolina Panthers after missing the past three games. Kyle Arrington (groin) appeared to be shaken up and never appeared to be at his best. Alfonzo Dennard (knee) missed after reportedly going through a procedure. And Steve Gregory (thumb) was also out after being injured against the Pittsburgh Steelers two weeks prior. All are listed as questionable for today's game, with Dennard the only one not expected to play. That's a lot of players at less than 100 percent that are going up against the top offense. How will they handle the job?

    3. How much will the weather be a factor? -- Much ado has been made of Manning's record in the cold. He's reportedly 2-5 when the game-time temperature starts at 32 degrees or below since 2001. It's expected to be 21 degrees at game time, with winds at 22 miles per hour, making it feel like 5 degrees out in Foxborough, according to That will affect everyone on the field, especially the kicking units. Long field goal attempts will not be advised. Conversely, Talib will be of concern. His hip tightened on him last week against the Panthers. This weather will not likely help.
  • #Patriots say this is the coldest home game in 20 years. Get rowdy and stay warm! #SNF
  • Zuri Berry 11/25/2013 1:20:34 AM
    Projected starting lineups:
    Based on information distributed to the media, practice observations, and injury reports.

    Patriots offense: WR Danny Amendola, LT Nate Solder, LG Logan Mankins, C Ryan Wendell, RG Dan Connolly, RT Marcus Cannon, TE Rob Gronkowski, WR Aaron Dobson, QB Tom Brady, RB Stevan Ridley, TE James Develin.

    Patriots defense: DT Joe Vellano, DT Chris Jones, DE Chandler Jones, DE Rob Ninkovich, LB Dont'a Hightower, LB Brandon Spikes, LB Jamie Collins, CB Aqib Talib, CB Alfonzo Dennard, S Devin McCourty, S Steve Gregory.

    Broncos offense: WR Demaryius Thomas, LT Chris Clark, LG Zane Beadles, C Manny Ramirez, RG Louis Vasquez, RT Orlando Franklin, TE Joel Dreessen, WR Eric Decker, WR Wes Welker, QB Peyton Manning, RB Knowshon Moreno.

    Broncos defense: LDE Derek Wolfe, DT Kevin Vickerson, NT Terrance Knighton, RDE Shaun Phillips, SLB Von Miller, MLB Wesley Woodyard, WLB Danny Trevathan, LCB Quentin Jammer, RCB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, SS Duke Ihenacho, FS Mike Adams.
  • Robert Kraft greets 3 Purple Heart heroes at tonight's game:

  • Zuri Berry 11/25/2013 1:21:46 AM
    The Patriots did a Wes Welker montage on the video scoreboard. There was no announcement prior.
  • Zuri Berry 11/25/2013 1:22:32 AM
    22 degrees at game time. Wind chill at 6 degrees. That's possibly a record.
  • Here's the mobile version of @BostonDotCom live blog for Patriots-Broncos updates from @zuriberry , @stevesilva
  • Patriots first-team D includes Jamie Collins. Appears they are going more traditional 3-4 based on warmups.
  • Keeping a close eye on rookie WR Dobson today. He's not wearing sleeves. Also, from conversations, he's never played in this kind of cold.
  • Eric Decker and Wes Welker in short sleeves. Crazy.
  • The Broncos' next two tight ends, Joel Dreesen and Jacob Tamme, have combined for six receptions this season. One less worry for #Patriots ?
  • Cheers from the @GilletteStadium crowd after a short video & thank you message to Welker from the Kraft Family:

  • Zuri Berry 11/25/2013 1:25:36 AM
    Patriots win the toss and elect to defer.
  • Zuri Berry 11/25/2013 1:27:06 AM
    The service members ditched the giant flag. Too windy to corral it.
  • Zuri Berry 11/25/2013 1:30:59 AM
    Kickoff. And we're underway.
  • Zuri Berry 11/25/2013 1:32:19 AM
    Jamie Collins in the starting lineup, as expected.
  • Zuri Berry 11/25/2013 1:32:51 AM
    Demaryius Thomas with a drop right away on Peyton Manning's first pass.
  • Zuri Berry 11/25/2013 1:33:46 AM
    13:08 1st quarter: Patriots 0, Broncos 0 -- Peyton Manning's third down pass to Wes Welker on the Broncos' first series was the Patriots' first stop of the game. The 3rd and 7 pass went for five yards -- Welker's first catch at Gillette Stadium since signing with the Broncos. Jamie Collins and Dont'a Hightower combined on the tackle to stop him short of a first down.
  • Peyton is dressed like the guy who doesn't want to chaperone the ski trip.
  • Zuri Berry 11/25/2013 1:37:47 AM
    Tom Brady throws to Shane Vereen out of the backfield for the Patriots' first first down.
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