New England had a nice steady opening drive going against the Denver Broncos on Sunday night. That is until the unthinkable happened.
After an 8-play, 36-yard drive that saw the Patriots get to the Broncos 40-yard line, Tom Brady handed off to Stevan Ridley. Denver linebacker Wesley Woodyard popped Ridley and the ball came loose.
Von Miller scooped up the fumble and ran untouched 60 yards for the Broncos first score of the ball game.
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As the football gods would have it, Tom Brady fumbled on the ensuing Patriots’ drive on his own 23-yard line. Defensive tackle Terrance Knighton recovered for the Broncos and returned it to the 10.
Running back Knowshon Moreno punched it in from 2-yards out two plays later and the Denver defense has created a 14-point cushion for Manning and the NFL’s top passing offense (350.4 yards per game).
The Broncos (9-1) are still without head coach John Fox, who will be returning to Denver for the first time on Wednesday following heart valve replacement surgery.
New England (7-3), coming off a 24-20 loss to the Carolina Panthers, hold a 2.5 game lead in the AFC East entering this Sunday Night Football game.