Series History: Broncos vs. Patriots
January 13th, 2012 - 9:03am by Stuart Zaas
On Sunday, the Patriots and Broncos will cross paths for the 45th time overall, and for the third time in postseason play. The Broncos owning a 27-17 advantage in the series.
The two clubs have met twice in the postseason with Denver winning both contests. The Broncos topped the Patriots 22-17 in an AFC Divisional Playoff game on Jan. 4, 1987, and defeated them 27-13 on Jan. 14, 2006 in another AFC Divisional Playoff matchup.
The Broncos have won six of the nine meetings between the two clubs in the past decade. At one point, Denver reeled off 11 consecutive victories over the Patriots (11/4/84-9/7/98).
Notable performances against the Patriots:
S Brian Dawkins: Posted one sack (19 yards) to go with both a forced and recovered fumble and three pass breakups against New England on Dec. 19, 1998, while a member of the Eagles.
CB Champ Bailey: Has intercepted two passes, broken up a total of four passes to go with 16 tackles and one forced fumble in his career against the Patriots. His 100-yard interception return against the Patriots in an AFC Divisional Playoff game against New England on Jan. 14, 2006 is the longest non-scoring interception return in NFL postseason history.
DE Elvis Dumervil: Made eight tackles (5 solo) to go with 2 sacks (15 yds.) against New England on Oct. 20, 2008.
RB Willis McGahee: Carried 31 times for 136 yards (4.4 avg.) on Oct. 30, 2005 with the Bills. He recorded 120 total yards (59 rushing , 61 receiving) with one receiving touchdown on Oct. 22, 2006, also playing for Buffalo. McGahee ran the ball 30 times for 138 yards (4.6 avg.) with one touchdown on Dec. 3, 2007, while playing with Baltimore.
WR Demaryius Thomas: Caught seven passes for 116 yards when the teams met earlier this season on Dec. 11, 2011.
Denver-New England Roster Connections
Denver quarterback Tim Tebow (2006-09), defensive tackle Marcus Thomas (2003-06) and defensive end Derrick Harvey (2004-07) spent time at the University of Florida with New England linebacker Jermaine Cunningham (2006-09), tight end Aaron Hernandez (2007-09) and linebacker Brandon Spikes (2006-09). All of these Gators were a part of Florida’s National Championship teams in 2006 and/or 2008
New England nose tackle Vince Wilfork played at the University of Miami with Denver linebacker D.J. Williams (2003) and running back Willis McGahee (2001-02)
Denver punter Britton Colquitt and defensive end Robert Ayers spent time at Tennessee with New England linebacker Jerod Mayo (2005-07)
New England tackle Nate Solder grew up in Buena Vista, Colo. He went on to play at the University of Colorado for four seasons (2007-10) earning All-American status his final year.
New England defensive tackle Gerard Warren played in Denver for two seasons (2005-06).
New England linebacker Niko Koutouvides played in Denver in 2008.
New England defensive back Nate Jones played for the Broncos in 2010 as well as spent the 2011 training camp in Denver.
New England Head Coach Bill Belichick served as Denver’s assistant special teams coach as well as being an assistant to the defensive coordinator during the 1978 season.
New England Special Teams Coordinator Scott O’Brien served in the same capacity in
Some interesting roster connections between the Broncos and Patriots courtesy of research done by Public Relations Intern Cydney Ricker:
Denver during the 2007-08 seasons.
Denver cornerback Jonathan Wilhite spent three seasons with the Patriots (2008-10) before arriving in Denver this season.
Denver guard Russ Hochstein spent his first seven NFL seasons in New England (2002-08).
Denver long snapper Lonie Paxton also made his first NFL stop in New England spending nine seasons with the Patriots (2000-08).
Tags: AFC Divisional Round, New England Patriots, Series History