Through the years: Brady in Denver
Through the years: Brady in Denver
Is Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver Tom Brady's house of horrors? You wouldn't go that far. But it's pretty clear over the course of Brady's career that he's had a hard time winning there for one reason or the other. Brady goes into Sunday's game just 2-6 in Denver, winning a wild one in 2003 after an intentional safety, and the other in 2011 with Tim Tebow QBing the Broncos. It's very safe to say that this Sunday's game would make for Brady's best win in Denver . . . if he can brush history aside and pull it off, that is.
OCTOBER 28, 2001
The Patriots actually held a 20-10 lead in the third quarter before all hell broke loose. This was before Tom Brady was Tom Brady, and that was never more apparent after he threw not one, not two, not three, but four interceptions . . . all in the fourth quarter! When the dust settled, Brady was 25-of-38 for 203 yards, 2 TDs, and 4 INTs . . . and the Patriots had lost, 31-2
NOVEMBER 3, 2003
A rare win for the Patriots in Denver, and this one took a strong performance by Brady - and a gutsy call by head coach Bill Belichick. With the Patriots on their own one-yard line, and trailing 24-23 with under three minutes to play, Belichick order an intentional safety. That put Denver up by three, but allowed the Pats a free punt. They'd hold Denver to three-and-out, New England would get ball back, and Brady drove them 58 yards, capped by a touchdown pass to David Givens with 30 seconds left to give them the 30-26 win. Brady finished 20-of-30 for 350 yards, 3 TDs, and 1 INT.
OCTOBER 16, 2005
The Patriots found themselves down 28-3 before they started playing like the Patriots. But despite a valiant comeback effort in which they brought it to 28-20, the magic ran out. Brady, without running back Corey Dillon who missed the game due to injury, couldn't stage the late fourth-quarter, game-tying drive - and that was that. He finished 24-of-46 for 299 yards and 1 TD.
JANUARY 14, 2006
We meet again, Broncos. Having already lost to the Broncos in Denver earlier in the regular season, the Patriots were back for revenge. They didn't get it. Instead, those same Broncos knocked them out of the playoffs, handing Brady his first ever playoff loss. Champ Bailey's 100-yard non-touchdown interception highlighted the game, turning what could have been a Patriots 14-10 lead into a Broncos 17-6 lead. They'd go on to win 27-13, as Brady went 20-of-36 for 341 yards, 1 TD, and 2 INTs.
OCTOBER 11, 2009
Three full seasons had come and gone between this game and Brady's last game against the Broncos, as he missed a matchup while recovering from a torn ACL. But like old times, the Broncos got the best of Brady. And this time, it was old friend Josh McDaniels - now head coach of the Broncos - celebrating in everybody's faces. Broncos QB Kyle Orton drove the Broncos 98 yards to tie things up late in the fourth, and put them in field goal range in overtime to earn a 20-17 win. Brady was 19-of-33 for 215 yards and 2 TDs, but just 62 of those yards came in the second half. I blame the jerseys.
DECEMBER 18, 2011
Tebow Time was in full effect when the Patriots came to town looking to win in Denver for the first time since 2003. After the Broncos jumped out to an early lead, Brady and the Patriots jumped all over them, winning the game 41-23, behind Brady's two passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. He was 23-of-34 for 320 yards, too. The Patriots went on to beat Tebow and the Broncos even worse in the divisional round of the playoffs later that season.
JANUARY 19, 2014
By now, Tim Tebow is long gone in Denver, and Peyton Manning is in. To be clear, this was very, very good Manning. In fact, he threw a whopping 55 touchdowns that season, an NFL record. Brady? He had a good year too, but having lost Rob Gronkowski earlier in the season was essentially bring a knife to a gun fight with Manning in denver. And it showed during the game. The Patriots lost, 26-16, but it really wasn't even that close. Brady finished 24-of-38 for 277 yards and a touchdown, also rushing for another. But the scores came in the fourth quieter with the game essentially out of reach.
NOVEMBER 29, 2015
The 10-0 Patriots rolled into Denver looking to continue on their undefeated season. After going up 21-7 in the fourth quarter, it was basically a foregone conclusion that it was going to happen, too. Then Chris Harper muffed a punt, the Broncos turned it into a quick touchdown, and then scored 10 more unanswered points to take a lead with just over a minute remaining. Brady somehow took the offense 51 yards in 1:09 to set Stephen Gostkowski up with a 47-yard field goal that sent it to OT. That's when C.J. Anderson got loose for a 48-yard touchdown run - and the Broncos won. It's tough to blame this one on Brady, who while not very accurate - he was 23-of-42 - threw for 280 yards and three touchdowns without an interception, and did so without Julian Edelman or Danny Amendola. Still, a loss is a loss - and Brady fell to 2-6 all-time in Denver.