Brady battered by Denver defense
Getting to Brady
Harried and hurried most of the day, New England quarterback Tom Brady dropped to 2-7 all time in Denver. He was sacked four times and knocked to the ground on 11 other plays. FIRST QUARTER • Last play of the Patriots’ opening drive, Brady is hit in the pocket by defensive end Derek Wolfe after the release on a thirdand-8 incomplete pass to Rob Gronkowski. • Chased down from behind by Wolfe, Brady falls for a 2-yard sack on third-and-14 on the Pats’ third drive. SECOND QUARTER • Scrambling to the sideline on third-and-10, Brady takes a shot to his left thigh from cornerback Aqib Talib after running past the first-down marker. Talib gives Brady a tap on helmet as they return to the field. • Three plays later, Brady takes a 6-yard sack by linebackers Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware to end a 13-play drive, and New England settles for a 46-yard field goal. • After releasing a pass that gets intercepted by Darian Stewart, Brady is driven to the ground by defensive end Malik Jackson as the pocket collapses. THIRD QUARTER • On New England’s fifth play of the second half, Brady is knocked down by defensive end Vance Walker after his release on an incomplete pass into the end zone. The Patriots again settle for a field goal. • Miller goes untouched into the pocket and drops Brady for a hard sack at New England’s 2-yard line on the Patriots’ first play of their second possession. • On New England’s next drive, Brady is chased out of the pocket and shoved down by Jackson after throwing an incomplete pass on a first-down play. • Just two plays later on third-and-10, Brady tries to step up in the pocket and is sacked by Miller as Ware falls hard on him. FOURTH QUARTER • On fourth-and-1 at the Broncos’ 16-yard line, Ware chases after and knocks down Brady as he lobs a pass to Julian Edelman, who is stopped short of a first down with 5:56 left in the game. • On the first play of New England’s next possession, Brady is driven to the ground by Jackson after a hurried, incomplete pass. • Two plays later, Brady gets wrapped up by the ankles and falls back on Ware on a 28-yard pass to Rob Gronkowski to keep a drive alive, but it ends on an incomplete fourth-down pass at the Denver 14. • On the second play of the Patriots’ final drive, Ware again chases Brady out of the pocket and forces the QB to throw an incomplete pass as he falls down. • Next play, nearly the same thing as Ware comes off the corner, forces Brady to step up in the pocket and throw the ball away as Ware takes him to the ground. • On third-and-goal from the Broncos’ 4-yard line, Ware and Wolfe collapse the pocket and Brady again throws the ball away as he falls to the ground.