Head coach Gary Kubiak quickly stepped in to diffuse the situation, but it's obvious the Patriots were in Denver's heads at least a little bit. The best part is that this apparently isn't the first time the two units clashed, as an unnamed Broncos player told ESPN that an incident occurred earlier the season.
It's not hard to see why the Broncos' defense was so frustrated. Any time you hold the Patriots to 16 points and still lose, that's not exactly a great look. Not only that, but the defense has played 76 snaps or more over four of its last seven games. They're playing a lot and not seeing positive results.
Despite elite-level play from the defense, the offense around Trevor Siemian and an offensive line that would remind Pats fans of last year's unit, has done nothing to make anyone think the Broncos have a shot at getting back to the playoffs.
While Denver sits on the outside looking in, the Patriots are on the verge of locking up the No. 1 overall seed in the playoffs.
And they control their own destiny.
One more win paired with a Raiders loss in the final two games would give the Pats the top seed, or the Pats could just win out.