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Broncos 20, Patriots 17 (Final, overtime)

Posted by Monique Walker, Globe Staff  October 11, 2009 04:13 PM

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DENVER -- The Broncos remain undefeated, walking away with a 20-17 victory courtesy of Matt Prater's 41-yard field goal in overtime.

Overtime
Denver won the coin toss in overtime and will receive to start the extra period.

Patriots 17, Broncos 17, 5:27, 4th)Brandon Marshall broke away from Leigh Bodden's grip and dove into the end zone to help the Broncos tie the score at 17-17 with 5:27 left in the fourth. Orton completed the 11-yard pass to Marshall to cap a 12-play 98 yard drive. The drive was aided by a penalty to Brandon Meriweather for taunting that pushed Denver to the Patriots 11-yard line before Orton's touchdown pass.

Injury report
From the press box: Light has a knee injury and his return is questionable. Also, Patriots TE Benjamin Watson has a head injury and his return is questionable.

LT Matt Light leaves game
Patriots left tackle Matt Light left the game with what appeared to be a right knee injury in the fourth quarter. Light was injured on the first play of the quarter. With 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter, Light was flanked by two members of the Patriots staff and helped into the locker room. There has been no official word from the Patriots on Light's status.

Gostkowski misses 40-yarder
Stephen Gostkowski missed a 40-yard field goal just left of the goal post, ending a streak of 12 consecutive field goals. He had not missed an attempt since the season opener. With the miss, the score remains Patriots 17, Broncos 10 with 5:12 left in the third quarter.

Patriots 17, Broncos 10 (7:22, 3rd quarter)
Matt Prater kicked a 24-yard field goal with 7:22 left in the third quarter, helping the Broncos chip away at the Patriots' lead.

Earlier in the drive, the Broncos seemed out of luck but kept the drive going with a tipped pass.

On third and 14, Orton's pass was tipped by Brandon McGowan. Despite all of the Patriots jerseys surrounding the ball, Broncos WR Jabar Gaffney emerged with the catch to get the first down.

The Patriots managed to stop the Broncos from getting another first down. On third and 1, Vince Wilfork tackled Moreno short of the first down, forcing the field goal. Denver drove 66 yards on 12 plays in 6:32.

Orton's streak comes to an end
The Broncos took one last shot at the end zone with .02 seconds in the half when Orton launched a pass deep. But Randy Moss was there for the interception ending Orton's streak of 173 consecutive attempts without an interception.

Patriots 17, Broncos 7 (.05, 2nd quarter)
The Patriots came right back to answer Denver's touchdown using 4:26 to get down field and score when Brady completed a 7-yard pass to Benjamin Watson for the touchdown. The Patriots drove 74 yards on 10 plays to score with 5 seconds remaining in the half, making the score 17-7.

Patriots 10, Broncos 7, (4:31, 2nd quarter)
Broncos WR Brandon Marshall grabbed an 11-yard pass from Kyle Orton in the end zone for Denver's first touchdown of the game. The Broncos inched closer to make the score 10-7, with 4:31 left in the second.

The play capped a 10-play, 90-yard drive that lasted 5:03.

Maroney enters the game
Patriots RB Laurence Maroney picked up his first carry of the game in the second quarter getting 2 yards. He collected a first down and added another on the next play with a 10-yard gain. But the drive eventually fizzled on the Patriots 47, forcing the Patriots to punt.

Patriots 10, Broncos 0 (End of 1st quarter)
It's the end of the first here in Denver. The Patriots carry a 10-0 lead, their largest lead after the first quarter this season.

Patriots 10, Broncos 0 (3:51, 1st quarter)
The Patriots managed three points after the turnover thanks to Stephen Gostkowski's 53-yard field goal, a career best and it ties the fifth longest in franchise history. Gostkowski connected on a 52-yard field goal against Chicago in 2006. The Patriots own a 10-0 lead.

Jerod Mayo forces fumble
Jerod Mayo wrapped up Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno and punched the ball free with 5:18 to go in the first. Brandon McGowan recovered the ball on the Broncos 43. Denver challenged the call, but it was upheld. Patriots take over.


Scheffler return questionable

From the press box, Denver tight end Tony Scheffler left the game with a back injury and his return is questionable.

Welker scores (Patriots 7, Broncos 0, 6:44)

Wes Welker catches his first TD of the season, an 8-yard pass from Tom Brady to move the Patriots ahead with 6:44 left in the first quarter. The play capped a seven play, 62-yard drive that burned 4 minutes, 16 seconds off the clock.

Wildcat moments
The Broncos looked to the Wildcat four times in their opening drive, with running back Knowshon Moreno taking the direct snap. While the play resulted in yards, the Broncos were unable to score.

The Broncos opened up the game with the play, gaining 12 yards on Moreno's run. Two plays later, the play resulted in 5 yards and one play after that led to another 5 yards.

But the Patriots stumped the Broncos when they went back to the play from the Patriots 25-yard line on second down. Five yards short of a first down, Moreno was pushed back a yard. After an incomplete pass on the next play, kicker Matt Prater missed the 48-yard field goal.

Highlights from the drive included, Jerod Mayo getting in the game for the first time since spraining his MCL in the season opener. He entered the game at the 11:11 mark.

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