Patriots Break Records -- and Broncos Fans' Hearts -- in Denver
Posted by: Gronkowski
To say that the Patriots nailed a huge victory on Sunday night is an understatement.
With their 41-16 win over the Broncos, New England have now won back-to-back games against Denver for the first time since the 1965-66 season.
After struggling in altitude on prior visits, Tom Brady was was 25-of-34 for 266 yards and threw three touchdowns. The historic night also marked Brady’s 86th road win, breaking the record he had previously tied with Peyton Manning (in his former house, no less).
Yep, Brady did not look like a 40-year-old quarterback out there, hell – he didn’t even look 30!
“We played really good complementary football,” Tom said following the huge win, according to the Boston Herald. “It was a great team win, obviously a very tough place for us to play.”
Dion Lewis proved that no, the altitude most certainly did not slow him down, blasting past the Broncos' defense to take a kick return 103 yards into the end zone.
It was a great night for tight ends and running backs across the board especially Gronkowski and Rex Burkhead, with the TEs and backs having a combined 16 catches, 177 yards and three touchdowns.
However, many believe -- including Gronk and Belichick -- that Rob got screwed out of a touchdown which was called an incomplete pass on the field, an error that goal-line cameras would most likely have amended.
“Not that it made any difference on that play, but I’ll take this opportunity to say that I am all for trying to get these plays right, and I think that would have been a good example of where a goal-line camera or a pylon camera would have given a good opportunity,” Belichick said in a conference call to reporters Monday, according to NESN.
"It’s a tough call. The official who made the call was standing pretty close to me on the sideline. He was probably 30 yards away (from the play). It was a close play. I saw it the same way that he did. It was really close,” he added.
As for number 87, he’s adamant that he made the catch.
"I didn't see any replays or anything like that, but did you guys see any time where the ball hit the ground? That's because it didn't. That's why," Gronk said after the game. "I put my hand underneath the ball. I know for sure I caught it and I just don't understand why it wasn't a TD. It didn't show [any] evidence of it hitting the ground. I know it didn't. My fingers were underneath it. It tilted up the ball and I knew it was right there, I brought it in, it landed on my forearm, I brought it in and I knew exactly.
"I went up to coach and he's like, 'Are you sure?' And I was like, 'I'm sure, man.' I would never say that if I wasn't 100 percent sure because you don't want to lose that kind of trust. I thought I caught it. I know I caught it. My fingers were underneath it."
Of course, we think it was without a doubt a touchdown as well. And not just because we are bias.
But with a 25-point victory to close the night out Sunday, at least the Patriots shut that damn horse up.
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