Broncos spoil Patriots' perfect record with OT win
(The Sports Xchange) - Recognizing the run play that was called likely would go nowhere against the New England Patriots' defensive alignment, Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler audibled to a different one. The result was electric.
Running back C.J. Anderson broke loose through the snow for a game-winning, 48-yard touchdown run, and the Broncos rallied to beat New England 30-24 in overtime Sunday night, handing the Patriots their first loss of the season.
"The run that we had called was no good," Osweiler said. "I just checked to the second play. It was a check we had worked on in practice all week. Our line did a hell of a job, and C.J. did the rest."
Denver's defense set up the Broncos' final drive by stopping quarterback Tom Brady and the Patriots (10-1) on the first possession of overtime.
Anderson shook free from a couple of Patriots defenders en route to the decisive score.
"We needed a big play to try to bring this game home," said Denver wide receiver Andre Caldwell, who caught a key touchdown pass from Osweiler in the final minutes of regulation. "When I saw him in the open field, I knew he was gone. And the fans went crazy. That was the wildest I've seen this place in a long time."
Osweiler, making his second career start in place of injured Peyton Manning, was 23 of 42 for 270 yards with a touchdown pass. He was intercepted once.
Brady completed 23 of 42 for 280 yards, connecting with running back Brandon Bolden and tight ends Scott Chandler and Rob Gronkowski for touchdowns. Gronkowski (six catches, 88 yards) took a hard hit trying to make a catch with just under three minutes remaining and was carted off the field with a knee injury.
"We'll keep fighting," Brady said. "We lost tonight, it was tough game, come on the road, we had a good lead. We just didn't make a couple of plays in the fourth quarter. It's tough to win, and when you lose good players, it hurts. It always hurts to lose. We had plenty of opportunities to win, and we'll try to get back to work this week." Continued...