Brady bat­tered by Den­ver de­fense

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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.

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