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*This article is part of a weekly Throwback Thursday series that will feature key stat lines and short recaps of the last time the New England Patriots played their upcoming opponent.

Last Time Out…

The New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos last met on Dec. 18, 2016. The Patriots pulled off a 16-3 win in the Mile High City to help them clinch the AFC East and become the first team with eight straight division titles.

A strong run game and offensive line was what propelled New England to this victory. Dion Lewis totaled 95 yards on the ground, allowing New England to outrush Denver 136 yards to 58. LeGarrette Blount scored his 15th rushing touchdown, setting a single-season franchise record.

Noteworthy…

The offensive line played a huge role in the last Patriots-Broncos competition. Two games ago between the teams, the Broncos got to Brady 23 times, while in the last matchup, they only got to him seven times. The O-line was able to keep Broncos' defensive superstar, Von Miller, away from Brady the whole game. They allowed only two sacks and five QB hits.

The defense also shined in this game, with Devin McCourty and Jonathan Jones recovering a fumble each and Logan Ryan picking off Denver quarterback, Trevor Siemian, once.

The Stats…

Tom Brady completed 16-of-32 for 188 yards and no touchdowns. Trevor Siemian went 25-of-40 for 282 yards, no touchdowns and one interception.

Dion Lewis led the way for New England rushing with 95 yards on 18 carries. LeGarrette Blount rushed 17 times for 31 yards and one touchdown - his 15th rushing touchdown on the season.

For Denver, it was Justin Forsett who led the way with 10 carries for 37 yards.

Julian Edelman was the lead receiver for the Patriots in this game, catching six passes for 75 yards. Demaryius Thomas led the Broncos with seven receptions for 91 yards.

Logan Ryan led the way defensively for New England, tallying seven total tackles. Malcom Brown and Jabaal Sheard added one sack each on the day, while Trey Flowers added two, himself.

For the Broncos, Corey Nelson and Todd Davis each led the way with 13 total tackles each, including seven solo tackles apiece. Jared Crick and Shane Ray notched one sack each.

Kicker Stephen Gostkowski went 3-for-3 on the day on field goals, with a long of 45.

And Now…

The New England Patriots will travel to take on the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The game is set for Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017 at 8:30pm ET.

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Megan Carnahan 11/09/2017 08:42:00 AM Edit
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