Boston, Massachusetts 2020-10-18 19:19:08 –
Brandon McManus kicked six field goals in the franchise record to beat Denver Broncos, who visited on Sunday, against the New England Patriots 18-12.
Philip Lindsay rushed 101 yards when he returned to the lineup from a toe injury, and Drew Lock had 189 yards in the first game and 24 in two intercepts since he suffered a right shoulder injury on September 20. Completed 10 of the passes. 4 catches at 101 yards in Denver (2-3).
Broncos, who runs back to Melvin Gordon III (streptococcal pharyngitis), did not travel.
The game, originally scheduled for October 11, was postponed to October 12, after which it was postponed until Sunday due to several cases of COVID-19 in the Patriots organization. New England has been unable to do much practice over the past two weeks, including the cancellation of the Friday session due to the Center’s James Ferenc being on the Reserve / COVID-19 list.
Quarterback Cam Newton ran with a touchdown of 76 yards and passed 157 yards 17-25 in two intercepts for the Patriots (2-3). James White ended with eight receptions at 65 yards.
New England lost guard Germain Elmner in the first half due to an ankle injury due to five players on the Reserve / COVID-19 list.
McManus kicked field goals at 45 and 44 yards in the first quarter. He hit from 27 and 52 yards in the second quarter, giving Denver a 12-3 lead with 19 seconds remaining in the first half.
The only point in the first half of New England was Nick Falk’s 41-yard field goal in the second half of the second quarter.
Broncos drove to the Patriots 3 before McManus scored a 20-yard field goal after being forced to open the third quarter with a three-out. The Patriots fumble led to a sixth field goal from McManus’ 54 yards to 18-3.
New England advanced 65 yards at just 1:43, marking the only touchdown in the game where Newton ran a yard. The Patriots’ two-point conversion attempt failed, ending at 18-9, leaving 8:31.
New England cornerback JC Jackson’s intercept set a 38-yard field goal for the fork, making it a one-score game. Locke fired a passcut on the next pass, giving the Patriots a ball with 3:14 remaining, but Newton’s incompleteness with a force-down pass of 59 seconds left ended the comeback attempt.
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