Broncos dish out more of their own misery in loss to Patriots

Ross Houston
November 13, 2017

The Denver Broncos continued their tailspin Sunday with a 41-16 loss to the New England Patriots, and defensive end Derek Wolfe appeared fed up in the aftermath of his team's fifth straight defeat.

The Broncos were poised to get the ball after stopping the Patriots' opening possession with a three-and-out, but rookie Isaiah McKenzie muffed the punt and Hollister recovered at the Broncos' 24-yard line. After allowing at least 20 points in each of their first four games, the Patriots' defense has held opponents to 14, 17, 7 and 13 during the winning streak.

An Denver Broncos fan watches the game with a small dog during a game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 12, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos ran for 118 yards, quarterback Brock Osweiler connected with receiver Emmanuel Sanders for 137 yards on six catches, and for the first time in a long time, there was no collective gasp of fear before every Broncos snap.

Denver responded with a scoring drive of its own, as Brandon McManus connected from 39 yards out to make the score 7-3. Osweiler's touchdown pass was caught by Demaryius Thomas, whose seven-yard catch trimmed the margin to 27-16. Their final touchdown off Denver's fourth special-teams mistake sealed it, and the fans that booed at halftime fled for the exits with almost 10 minutes left. Meanwhile, Broncos edge defenders Shane Ray and Von Miller were largely non-factors with Brady completing 25 of 34 passes for 266 yards to running backs and tight ends, including all three of his touchdowns.

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