Denver Broncos defeat New England Patriots, 20-17

DENVER - The good folk of the Mile High City yesterday boasted of a team still alive in the Major League Baseball playoffs and a surprising squad still among the undefeated in the National Football League.

Sadly, Bostonians were unable to make the same claim after the Angels swept the Red Sox in three games and the Broncos handed the Patriots a 20-17 overtime loss and a ticket back to Beantown.

In a game that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the American Football Le...

DENVER - Josh McDaniels borrowed a lot of the elements of the Patriot Way when he defected for Denver, and as much credit as McDaniels and his Rocky Mountain imitation deserve for pulling out a 20-17 overtime win over the actual Patriots, the truth is the Broncos could have been coached by Josh Groban and the result may have been the same.

The Broncos have 30 new players on their roster and a precocious coach in McDaniels, but they still have the same old hold over the ...

DENVER - When the opportunities to make a difference come few and far between, failing can produce a nasty, empty feeling.

When it’s Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski not coming through, an element of surprise comes with it, because it hasn’t happened too often.

Gostkowski experienced both pleasure and pain yesterday at Invesco Field, but the pain came last, and the sting might linger. He missed a 40-yard field goal attempt late in the third quarter, a kick that wou...

DENVER - Running across the field, throwing fist-pumps toward family members sitting near the 10-yard line, Broncos rookie coach Josh McDaniels unleashed an emotional display of joy - rare by NFL coaching standards.

And that was just what the crowd of 76,011 witnessed. When McDaniels entered the locker room after the Broncos defeated the Patriots, 20-17 in overtime, he ran through hollering and hugging players and staff.

“This is a new breed of coaching,’’ said defen...