Patriots Beaten by Broncos, 26-16, Fall in AFC Championship

Automated Insights

Julian Edelman was a receiving threat all day, but it wasn't enough to avoid a rough loss for the Patriots at the hands of the Broncos, 26-16 in Denver. With the loss, New England is knocked out of the playoffs.

Tom Brady found pay dirt two times (1 pass, 1 rush) on 24 of 38 passing for 277 yards and no interceptions. Peyton Manning also played quite well, and wound up 32 for 43 with 400 yards passing, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Shane Vereen ran for 34 yards on four attempts and had five receptions for 59 yards. Edelman was a top performer, snagging 10 balls for 89 yards with a touchdown.

The New England defense allowed 107 yards rushing and 400 passing.

Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas was impressive, racking up 134 receiving yards and one touchdown. Tight end Julius Thomas also put together a noteworthy performance with 85 receiving yards.


Patriots Passing Leaders
Grade Name Comp Att Yds TDs Int
A- 90 T. Brady 24 38 277 1 0


Broncos Passing Leaders
Grade Name Comp Att Yds TDs Int
A+ 100 P. Manning 32 43 400 2 0


Patriots Rushing Leaders
Grade Name P Att Yds YdsA TDs
B+ 89 S. Vereen RB 4 34 8.5 0
- - S. Ridley RB 5 17 3.4 0
A- 90 T. Brady QB 2 7 3.5 1


Broncos Rushing Leaders
Grade Name P Att Yds YdsA TDs
B- 82 K. Moreno RB 14 59 4.2 0
C 75 M. Ball RB 12 43 3.6 0
C- 70 V. Green TE 1 6 6.0 0


Patriots Receiving Leaders
Grade Name P Rec Yds YdsA TDs
A 96 J. Edelman WR 10 89 8.9 1
B+ 89 S. Vereen RB 5 59 11.8 0
C+ 79 A. Collie WR 4 57 14.3 0


Broncos Receiving Leaders
Grade Name P Rec Yds YdsA TDs
A+ 100 D. Thomas WR 7 134 19.1 1
A+ 100 J. Thomas TE 8 85 10.6 0
B 83 E. Decker WR 5 73 14.6 0