By Matt Noonan
We’re t-minus two hours away from probably one of the most highly anticipated regular season matchups in the NFL, and while we anxiously await kick-off between the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots, let’s take a stroll down memory lane, and look back at Tom Brady’s last few meetings against the men dressed in blue and orange.
October 11, 2009 – New England at Denver: After spending an entire season sidelined due to an ACL and MCL injury, Brady and the Patriots relinquished a 10-point lead at halftime, which allowed Denver to rally and beat New England in overtime, 20-17. Brady completed 19-of-33 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.
September 24, 2006 – Denver at New England: Despite completing 31-of-55 passes for 320 yards, Brady’s only touchdown of the game came late in the fourth quarter, as the New England gunslinger hooked up with wide receiver Doug Gabriel for an eight-yard strike. Denver quarterback Jake Plummer tossed two touchdowns to Javon Walker, which helped the Broncos prevail at Gillette Stadium, 17-7.
January 14, 2006 – New England at Denver (AFC Divisional Playoffs): Brady tossed one touchdown, and two interceptions, as well as finished the game with 341 yards through the air, which wasn’t enough to help the Patriots defeat the Broncos in the second round of the ‘05 playoffs. Plummer tossed one touchdown, while running back Mike Anderson scored twice on the Patriots defense, which helped Denver win, 27-13.
November 3, 2003 – New England at Denver: Trailing 26-23 late in the fourth quarter, Brady engineered a comeback for the ages, as he tossed an 18-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver David Givens during the closing seconds of the game to secure a 30-26 victory for New England. This particular victory also marked the only time Brady has won a game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
October 22, 2002 – Denver at New England: The Broncos defense recorded four sacks, and held Brady to just one touchdown and 130 yards through the air, as Denver prevailed in Foxborough, 24-16.
October 28, 2001- New England at Denver: Brady experienced, one of his worst days in Denver, as he tossed four interceptions and was sacked twice. The Broncos wound up beating the Patriots, 31-20.