Q3 – 15:00: After deferring to the second half on the opening coin toss, the Patriots will get the first second-half possession.
Q3 – 14:54: Matt Prater’s kickoff is taken by Julian Edelman at the 3-yard line. He returns it 23 yards to the 26-yard line, and that’s where the Patriots will take over.
Q3 – 14:48: Tom Brady looked for Wes Welker in 1-on-1 coverage against Champ Bailey. The ball was tipped into Bailey’s arms, but he couldn’t corral the catch. Brady finds a cutting Ben Watson on second down, who is dragged down by Andra Davis after a 6-yard gain. Brady lines up in the shotgun on third down, and finds Randy Moss streaking toward the right sideline. The ball goes off Moss’ fingertips and he is shoved out of bounds by Brian Dawkins. Chris Hanson is in to punt.
Q3 – 13:54: Eddie Royal calls for a fair catch at his own 28-yard line. The Broncos will take over at that spot.
Q3 – 12:58: Lining up with two tight ends, Kyle Orton hands off to Knowshon Moreno for a 2-yard gain. Moreno lines up in the wildcat on second down, before Orton comes back behind center. He goes play action and finds Tony Scheffler on a slant left for 12 yards and a first down.
Q3 – 12:03: With lots of time to throw, but good coverage from the Patriots, Orton finds Moreno on a 5-yard dump off over the middle. Moreno comes back on second down, running up the middle for a first down. But offsetting penalties — holding by Chris Kuper and 12 men on the field by the Patriots — cause a replay of the down. Orton comes back to find Daniel Graham over the middle. He fights past one defender before Shawn Springs brings him down. The 10-yard gain gives the Broncos a first down in Boston territory.
Q3 – 10:39: Brandon Marshall takes a double reverse around the left side, picking up six yards on first down. Orton goes play action on second down, firing incomplete to Scheffler. Offsetting holding penalties by Daniel Graham and Brandon McGowan cause a replay of second down.
Q3 – 10:34: Moreno takes the first down carry, drawing another yellow flag from the officials. A holding penalty on Ben Hamilton backs the Broncos up into a 2nd and 13 from the Boston 47-yard line.
Q3 – 9:33: After an incomplete pass to Royal, Orton was backed into a third and long. He fired over the middle of the field, where his pass was tipped by two Patriots. But Jabar Gaffney found a free patch of space and corralled it for 14 yards and a first down.
Q3 – 9:02: With a new set of downs, Orton found Graham rumbling downfield. He stiffarms Brandon Meriweather for an 18-yard gain and a first down at the Boston 15-yard line.
Q3 – 8:18: Moreno lines up in the wildcat on first down, bursting upfield into a Patriot pile for two yards. Orton comes back on second down with a quick slant to Royal, who lunges toward the first-down marker. The officials give him a favorable spot, but he is still a chain link short.
Q3 – 7:22: Facing 3rd and 1 from the Patriots’ 6-yard line, the Broncos come out in a four wide set. Orton hands to Moreno, but Vince Wilfork grabs him by the ankles for no gain. Prater comes in to attempt a 24-yard field goal and hits it. Patriots 17, Broncos 10
Q3 – 7:12: Edelman returns Prater’s kickoff for 32 yards. The Patriots will start at their own 34-yard line.
Q3 – 6:05: With three wide and Maroney as the lone setback, Brady goes to his back, who picks up five yards on first down. Back in the pocket on second down, Brady goes play action to Maroney and finds Randy Moss for a 36 yard reception. Brian Dawkins is called for illegal contact, but the penalty is declined, setting up 1st and 10 for the Patriots at the Broncos’ 25-yard line.
Q3 – 5:20: After a 3-yard gain by Maroney on first down, his wide receiver screen to Sammy Morris went incomplete. With a third-and-long from the 22-yard line, Brady went to Welker, but the low throw hit the turf. Stephen Gostkowski is on to attempt a 39-yard field goal.
Q3 – 5:15: Gostkowski’s attempt flies wide left, edging the tip of the red flag on the top of the post. The Broncos will take over on downs at their own 30-yard line.
Q3 – 4:09: Sporting three wide receivers on first down, Orton’s pass for Jabar Gaffney is broken up by Leigh Bodden. Working out of the shotgun on second down, Orton takes a three step drop and finds Graham over the middle for a six-yard gain. With four wide on third down and Moreno in as a lone setback, Orton completes to Gaffney on a quick out for six yards and a first down.
Q3 – 3:45: With LaMont Jordan lined up in the wildcat, Orton comes back under center and finds Tony Scheffler in the flat for 12 yards and another first down.
Q3 – 1:23: In Boston territory at the 46-yard line, Jordan picks up four yards on a first-down handoff. He cuts off right guard on second down, leaning forward for another three yards. Moreno comes back in on third down for the handoff, but he is stopped short by Tully Banta-Cain. The three-yard loss brings in Brett Kern to punt. His kick is downed by Darcel McBath at the 4-yard line, and Boston will take over from that spot.
Q3 – 0:31: Brady comes out in the shotgun, and looks for Randy Moss in the left slot. His throw goes long, and is incomplete. Again out of the shotgun, Brady fires right for a wide receiver screen to Wes Welker. Brian Dawkins sniffs it out, holding him to a six-yard gain. Back in the pocket, Brady looks for Welker over the middle but fires incomplete, with Renaldo Hill in coverage. Chris Hanson is in to punt.
Q3 – 0:00: Darrell Reid is called for running into the kicker, resulting in a Patriots first down. Brady hands to Sammy Morris on first down from his 15-yard line, resulting in no gain and the end of the third quarter.
Q4 – 15:00: The two teams switch ends, with Brady sporting five wide receivers out of the shotgun. He hits Welker over the middle of the field, who weaves between D.J. and Jack Williams for a 12-yard gain and Patriots first down.
Q4 – 12:50: Boston’s starting left tackle, Matt Light, is helped off the field with an injury. He is replaced by Sebastian Vollmer. Brady gives a draw to Kevin Faulk, who is tripped up by D.J. Williams after a 4-yard gain. Sammy Morris takes a sweep right, before being stopped by Vonnie Holliday. The 3-yard gain sets up 3rd and 3 from the 33-yard line. Brady gives the draw to Faulk, but a team of Holliday, Elvis Dumervil and Robert Ayers stop him after a 1-yard gain. Chris Hanson comes in to punt.
Q4 – 12:30: Richard Quinn is called for a neutral-zone infraction on the punt, giving the Patriots another set of new downs.
Q4 – 10:17: A pair of Sammy Morris runs combine for 10 yards, giving Boston another first down near midfield. Morris takes another carry, but is stopped after a short gain by Brian Dawkins. Facing 2nd and 7, Brady lines up in the shotgun with trips right. He has tons of time to throw and goes for the end zone, but Dawkins breaks it up. With an important third down upcoming, Boston burns its first timeout of the second half.
Q4 – 10:10: Brady looks for Welker, but Champ Bailey tips it up in the air. The ball goes off Welker, then off Bailey, before hitting the turf. Hanson is in to punt.
Q4 – 9:59: Boston WR Matthew Slater pins the Broncos deep at their own 2-yard line. Two Boston injury updates: T Matt Light (knee) is questionable to return and TE Ben Watson (head) is questionable to return.
Q4 – 9:35: From near the back of his own end zone, Orton fires incomplete to Knowshon Moreno in the left flat. He recovers on second down, finding a crossing Jabar Gaffney for 14 yards and a first down.
Q4 – 9:15:Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick pulls the red flag out to challenge, but the ruling was that Gaffney’s forward progress is stopped. That is not a reviewable circumstance, negating the Boston challenge.
Q4 – 8:09: Moreno takes the first down carry five yards up the middle. Facing intense pressure on second down, Orton rolls right and finds an open Eddie Royal for 11 yards and a first down.
Q4 – 7:25: Orton goes back to Royal on the ensuing play, but Boston CB Shawn Springs blankets him, resulting in an incomplete pass. Out of the shotgun on second down, Orton sets up a screen to Moreno. With blockers in front of him, the rookie rumbles 27 yards into Patriots territory at the 42-yard line.
Q4 – 6:12: Orton keeps the offense moving, finding Royal in the left flat for a 7-yard gain. On 2nd and short, he goes back to the left side, but Tully Banta-Cain bats it down at the line of scrimmage. With four wide on 3rd and short, Orton finds Royal in tight coverage on the left side for a first down at the Boston 29-yard line.
Q4 – 5:27: Moreno brings a change of pace on first down, weaving through the middle for a 7-yard run. Orton looks to Royal on the left sideline on second down, but the ball sails long. Brandon Meriweather laid a hard hit on the receiver drawing flags from the officials. Meriweather was flagged with a taunting penalty, and the half-the-distance-to-the-goal call brings the Broncos to the Boston 11-yard line.
Q4 – 5:21: Out of the pocket, Orton throws a quick slant left to Brandon Marshall. He jams the cornerback at the 4-yard line and lunges into the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown. Prater nails the extra point. Broncos 17, Patriots 17
Q4 – 5:15: Julian Edelman takes the Prater kickoff at the 6-yard line and returns it to the 21-yard line. That’s where Boston will take over.
Q4 – 4:03: With pressure coming from his blind side, Brady has enough time to execute a 4-yard screen pass to Kevin Faulk. Sammy Morris takes the draw on second down, eluding backfield pressure to pick up three yards. With a crucial 3rd down on the horizon, the Broncos burn their first timeout of the second half.
Q4 – 3:49: Lining up in the shotgun, Brady’s throw for Wes Welker was well behind him. Chris Hanson is in to punt, with chants of “Eddie” echoing from the INVESCO Field at Mile High crowd. The punt is fielded by Alphonso Smith and the Broncos will take over at their own 26-yard line.
Q4 – 3:08: After a short run by Moreno on first down, Orton completes to Jabar Gaffney in the right flat. He is pulled down after a 4-yard gain, setting up 3rd and 4 from the 32-yard line. A Patriots player is down, stopping the clock momentarily.
Q4 – 2:27: Orton looked for Gaffney over the middle of the field, but Shawn Springs broke up the pass. Brett Kern comes in to punt, and Julian Edelman fields it at the 25-yard line. He is met by Darcel McBath at the 30-yard line, where Boston will get its offense started.
Q4 – 2:00: Sammy Morris eludes an Andre’ Goodman tackle on first down, breaking up the left sideline for 19 yards and a first down near midfield. We’ve hit the two-minute warning.
Q4 – 1:37: Out of the shotgun, Brady hands to Sammy Morris who fumbles the football. It is recovered by Boston T Nick Kaczur. On the ensuing play, Vonnie Holliday forced a fumble on Brady and it was recovered by Elvis Dumervil. The Broncos offense takes over at the Patriots 45-yard line.
Q4 – 0:22: Moreno takes the carry for four yards on first down, but loses three on an ensuing reception. With 3rd and 9 from the 44-yard line, the Patriots call their second timeout.
Q4 – 0:15: With pressure coming from multiple angles, Orton is sacked for a loss of six yards. The Patriots use their third and final timeout.
Q4 – 0:00: Kern executes a beautiful end-over-end punt, which is downed by David Bruton at the Boston 5-yard line. Boston takes over from that spot, and Brady takes a knee. We’re headed for overtime.END OF REGULATION:Patriots 17, Broncos 17
Coin toss: The Patriots call tails and it is heads. The Broncos have won the toss and will receive.
1OT – 15:00: Gostkowski’s kick sails out of the end zone. Denver takes over on its own 20-yard line, with Orton completing to Brandon Marshall for an 11-yard gain and a first down. He wrestled with Brandon McGowan for the ball, but the tie went to the receiver.
1OT – 14:43: Orton fires back on the next play, hitting a crossing Tony Scheffler for seven yards on the left sideline. Orton goes back to the other side of the field, finding Royal for a first down at the 43-yard line.
1OT – 13:16: Boston uses its first of two overtime time outs. Out of the break, Moreno goes off right tackle, finding running room and a 9-yard gain. Into Boston territory, Moreno tries the middle but hits a wall of Patriots and gets no gain. Orton hits Royal on a quick out, getting the inside shoulder of Shawn Springs for eight yards and a first down.
1OT – 11:30: Moreno runs around Ryan Clady, picking up 11 yards and another first down at the Patriots’ 29-yard line.
1OT – 10:24: Jordan spells Moreno, running up the gut for a 2-yard gain. Orton looks for Royal on the next play, but his feet get tangled with Springs. Facing a big third down, the Broncos use the first of their pair of overtime time outs.
1OT – 10:15: With 3rd and 8, Orton goes back at Springs but fires incomplete to Marshall. Tully Banta-Cain is offsides, moving Denver five yards forward and giving them a 3rd and short. Lined up in the shotgun, Orton goes for Marshall in the end zone, but the pass is incomplete.
1OT – 10:14: Matt Prater comes on to attempt a 41-yard field goal, but New England uses its final OT timeout to try to ice the kicker.
1OT – 10:09: Prater splits the uprights, giving the Broncos a 5-0 start. The Patriots drop to 3-2 on the season. Keep it here at DenverBroncos.com for complete postgame coverage. FINAL: BRONCOS 20, PATRIOTS 17