Team Stats

  • Total Yards

    • NE 320
    • 507 DEN
  • Turnovers

    • NE 0
    • 0 DEN
  • Possession

    NE DEN
    35:44 24:16
  • 1st Downs

    • NE 19
    • 27 DEN

Game Information

Sports Authority Field at Mile High
,
Coverage: CBS
  • Denver, CO 80204
  • Line: DEN -6.5
Attendance: 77,110
100%
Capacity: 76,125
Referees: Tony Corrente

Scoring Summary

CBS1234T
Patriots0301316
Broncos3107626
first QuarterNEDEN
FG
3:48
Matt Prater 27 Yard Field Goal is Good
10 plays, 72 yards, 4:07
03
second QuarterNEDEN
TD
7:55
Jacob Tamme 1 Yard Pass From Peyton Manning
15 plays, 94 yards, 7:01
09
XP
7:50
Matt Prater Kick is Good
15 plays, 94 yards, 7:01
010
FG
3:00
Stephen Gostkowski 47 Yard Field Goal is Good
9 plays, 51 yards, 4:56
310
FG
0:30
Matt Prater 35 Yard Field Goal is Good
8 plays, 63 yards, 2:29
313
third QuarterNEDEN
TD
7:55
Demaryius Thomas 3 Yard Pass From Peyton Manning
14 plays, 90 yards, 7:08
319
XP
7:52
Matt Prater Kick is Good
14 plays, 90 yards, 7:08
320
fourth QuarterNEDEN
FG
12:07
Matt Prater 19 Yard Field Goal is Good
9 plays, 60 yards, 5:23
323
TD
9:30
Julian Edelman 7 Yard Pass From Tom Brady
9 plays, 80 yards, 2:36
923
XP
9:26
Stephen Gostkowski Kick is Good
9 plays, 80 yards, 2:36
1023
FG
7:05
Matt Prater 54 Yard Field Goal is Good
6 plays, 39 yards, 2:26
1026
TD
3:13
Tom Brady 5 Yard Run
10 plays, 80 yards, 3:53
1626
TD
3:07
Shane Vereen Run For Two-Point Conversion is No Good
10 plays, 80 yards, 3:53
1626

Research Notes

  • Peyton Manning set the Broncos playoff record for completions in a game with 32 today against the Patriots.

  • Peyton Manning is just the third QB with multiple postseason wins over Tom Brady.Eli Manning and Joe Flacco each bested Brady twice.

  • Peyton Manning threw for 400 yards for the third time in his playoff career, tying Drew Brees for the most such postseason games in NFL history.

  • New England's pass defense took a hit when Aqib Talib left the game in the second quarter with rib and knee injuries. Before Talib left the game, Manning was 9-of-14 (64.3 percent) for 125 yards (8.9 yards per attempt). After Talib exited, Manning went 23-for-29 (79.3 percent) for 275 yards (9.5 yards per attempt) and two touchdowns, including one stretch completing 19-of-20 attempts.Demaryius Thomas caught 7-of-10 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown. Thomas caught 4-of-9 targets for 41 yards in Denver's Week 12 loss to the Patriots, including a pair of drops (his only multi-drop game this season).In Week 12, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski finished with 7 catches for 90 yards and a touchdown while Broncos tight end Julius Thomas was inactive. Sunday, Thomas finished with eight catches for 85 yards and four first downs while Gronkowski was inactive.

  • The Broncos averaged 8.9 plays per drive Sunday, their most this season. Only the Patriots in Week 11 (9.6) and Packers in Week 8 (9.1) averaged more plays per drive in a game this season.The Broncos had two touchdown drives Sunday, with the first taking up 7:01 of game time and the second taking up 7:08 of game time. Entering the game, the Broncos had only one drive lasting more than seven minutes (7:01), which occurred in the Divisional Playoffs against the Chargers.

  • The Patriots ran for 42 yards on 12 rushes between the tackles Sunday, their fewest since Week 2 vs the Jets. Over the last three games New England averaged 34.3 carries for 200.3 yards between the tackles. LeGarrette Blount had four rushes for 6 yards between the tackles after averaging 18.3 interior rushes for 130.0 yards per game since Week 16.

  • Peyton Manning had all day to throw, with New England pressuring Manning on 3-of-43 dropbacks (7%), his second-lowest percentage this season (Week 14 vs Titans, 5%) and the lowest by the Patriots defense. Manning completed 7-of-9 passes for 186 yards on throws at least 15 yards downfield. Manning's deep ball was much better Sunday than in his last meeting against the Patriots.The Patriots defense had one disrupted dropback (sack, pass breakup or interception), their fewest in a game since a 2010 Divisional Playoff loss to the Jets. Manning finished 8-of-8 for 116 yards and two touchdowns using play action on Sunday. All eight of Manning's play-action attempts were completed for first downs.

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