Peyton Manning couldn’t stop the charging Patriots and nemesis Tom Brady, as the Broncos lost 31-34 in a dramatic OT ending on Sunday Night Football.
This one stings, badly, Peyton Manning commented on the way the game finished, the first time in 14 confrontations between the quarterback greats that it ends in overtime.
“Brutal way to end a game,” Ashely Fox, of ESPN said to him as he waited for the team bus to get him out of Gillette Stadium.
“Oh man,” he said, shaking his head. “It was. It was.”
This is how Peyton Manning’s Broncos lost to Tom Brady’s Patriots on Sunday.
Denver cornerback Tony Carter touched Ryan Allen’s punt by accident at the Broncos 15-yard line. The Patriots recovered the ball at the 13-yard mark and needed only two plays before kicker Stephen Gostkowski put a 31-yard shot through the uprights to win the game.
The shocking ending came after, at one point in the game, Peyton Manning led Tom Brady 24-0.
No wonder the Broncos quarterback is very disappointed.
It looked like the the Broncos had this one in the bag. Before the half, the clear dominant team was Denver. After the half it was a completely different story. New England slowly got into a groove, which included three-third quarter touchdowns.
This allowed Tom Brady to position himself and steal what had once been a wide lead by Peyton Manning.
In an gamble that paid off for the Patriots, New England’s coach Bill Belichick gave up the chance to drive, after winning the coin toss before overtime.
Belichick believed that Peyton Manning could not drive what would become the game winning touchdown into the wind on the opening drive of overtime, and he was right. The gamble paid off.
Out of 14 meetings between the two greats, Brady came out on top for the 10th time and the seventh time in nine attempts at home, according to ESPN.
It also was the fifth time New England won in a game Peyton Manning started. in eight games decided by a touchdown or less, in this case a field goal.
Brady finished the game 34-of-50 for 344 yards, three touchdowns, and zero interceptions. Manning completed only 52.8 percent of his passes for 150 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception.
“Disappointed.” was how the Broncos quaterback described his feelings about the tough loss.
“I hated the way that ended and not getting a chance to get our hands on the ball.” Peyton Manning added at the post game press conference, however, he said the team will be ready for Kansas City next weekend.