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The Broncos–Patriots rivalry is a rivalry between the Broncos and Patriots. The rivalry began with the first official AFL game on September 9, 1960. The two clubs played each other twice a year from 1960–66, then as the AFL merged into the National Football League their meetings became less frequent. The rivalry first began becoming prominent in league circles in the 1990s when the Broncos under John Elway and the Patriots behind Drew Bledsoe became contenders for the Super Bowl; it continued through the 2000s and picked up intensity in 2011 with the rise of Tim Tebow to prominence with the Broncos, then gained more intensity in 2012 when the Broncos traded Tebow to the New York Jets and signed Peyton Manning, who'd been part of a fierce rivalry against the Patriots throughout his tenure with the Indianapolis Colts.

Game Results

Postseason meeting Overtime Result

1960s (Patriots 10–8)

Year Date Winner Result Loser Location
1960 September 9 Denver Broncos 13–10 Boston Patriots Braves Field
October 23 Denver Broncos 31–24 Boston Patriots Bears Stadium
1961 September 16 Boston Patriots 45–17 Denver Broncos Braves Field
December 3 Boston Patriots 28–24 Denver Broncos Bears Stadium
1962 September 21 Boston Patriots 41–16 Denver Broncos Braves Field
November 11 Boston Patriots 33–29 Denver Broncos Bears Stadium
1963 September 29 Denver Broncos 14–10 Boston Patriots Bears Stadium
October 18 Boston Patriots 40–21 Denver Broncos Fenway Park
1964 October 4 Boston Patriots 39–10 Denver Broncos Bears Stadium
November 20 Boston Patriots 12–7 Denver Broncos Fenway Park
1965 September 24 Denver Broncos 27–10 Boston Patriots Fenway Park
December 12 Boston Patriots 28–20 Denver Broncos Bears Stadium
1966 September 18 Boston Patriots 24–10 Denver Broncos Bears Stadium
November 6 Denver Broncos 17–10 Boston Patriots Fenway Park
1967 September 3 Denver Broncos 26–21 Boston Patriots Bears Stadium
1968 Sepetmber 29 Boston Patriots 20–17 Denver Broncos Mile High Stadium
November 3 Denver Broncos 35–14 Boston Patriots Fenway Park
1969 September 14 Denver Broncos 35–7 Boston Patriots Mile High Stadium

1970s (Broncos 2–1)

Year Date Winner Result Loser Location
1972 December 17 Denver Broncos 45–21 New England Patriots Mile High Stadium
1976 November 28 New England Patriots 38–14 Denver Broncos Schaefer Stadium
1979 November 11 Denver Broncos 45–10 New England Patriots Mile High Stadium

1980s (Broncos 5–1)

Year Date Winner Result Loser Location
1980 September 29 New England Patriots 23–14 Denver Broncos Schaefer Stadium
1984 November 4 Denver Broncos 26–19 New England Patriots Mile High Stadium
1986 September 28 Denver Broncos 27–20 New England Patriots Mile High Stadium
1987 January 4 Denver Broncos 22–17 New England Patriots Mile High Stadium
1987 December 6 Denver Broncos 31–20 New England Patriots Mile High Stadium
1988 December 17 Denver Broncos 21–10 New England Patriots Mile High Stadium

1990s (Broncos 6–1)

Year Date Winner Result Loser Location
1991 October 27 Denver Broncos 9–6 New England Patriots Foxboro Stadium
December 1 Denver Broncos 20–3 New England Patriots Mile High Stadium
1995 October 8 Denver Broncos 37–3 New England Patriots Foxboro Stadium
1996 November 17 Denver Broncos 34–8 New England Patriots Foxboro Stadium
1997 October 6 Denver Broncos 34–13 New England Patriots Mile High Stadium
1998 Sepetmber 7 Denver Broncos 27–21 New England Patriots Mile High Stadium
1999 October 24 New England Patriots 24–23 Denver Broncos Foxboro Stadium

2000s (Broncos 6–3)

Year Date Winner Result Loser Location
2000 October 1 New England Patriots 28–19 Denver Broncos Mile High Stadium
2001 October 28 Denver Broncos 31–20 New England Patriots Invesco Field
2002 October 27 Denver Broncos 24–16 New England Patriots Gillette Stadium
2003 November 3 New England Patriots 30–26 Denver Broncos Invesco Field
2005 October 16 Denver Broncos 28–20 New England Patriots Invesco Field
January 14 Denver Broncos 27–13 New England Patriots Invesco Field
2006 September 24 Denver Broncos 17–7 New England Patriots Gillette Stadium
2008 October 20 New England Patriots 41–7 Denver Broncos Gillette Stadium
2009 October 11 Denver Broncos 20–17 New England Patriots Invesco Field

2010s (Patriots 3–0)

Year Date Winner Result Loser Location
2011 December 18 New England Patriots 41–23 Denver Broncos Sports Authority Field
January 14 New England Patriots 45–10 Denver Broncos Gillette Stadium
2012 October 7 New England Patriots 31–21 Denver Broncos Gillette Stadium
2013 Date TBD Denver Broncos/New England Patriots TBD Denver Broncos/New England Patriots Gillette Stadium
2014 Date TBD Denver Broncos/New England Patriots TBD Denver Broncos/New England Patriots Gillette Stadium

AFL Era

The first game took place at Nickerson Field on September 9, 1960 with the Patriots operating as the Boston Patriots. Broncos coach Frank Filchock witnessed practice from the stadium stands and drew up plays based on what he saw. His Broncos won the game 13-10, then won at Bears Stadium in Denver on October 23, 1960 when they erased a 24-7 Patriots lead in the third quarter to win 31-24. Quarterbacks Butch Songin and Frank Tripucka combined for seven touchdowns.

The two clubs met sixteen additional times during the AFL decade and the Patriots won ten meetings. In 1967 Lou Saban, who'd coached the Patriots in 1960, became Broncos head coach, winning three of his four meetings against the Patriots.

1970-80

The Boston Patriots became the New England Patriots in 1971, and two clubs met only four times in the decade, splitting the four meetings with all four games won by the home team. On December 17, 1972 the Broncos finished up a 5-9 season at Mile High Stadium when they forced three Patriots fumbles and scored 45 points to win 45-21.

On November 28, 1976 the Broncos made their first trip to Schaefer Stadium and were buried 38-14. Steve Ramsey three three interceptions while he and Craig Penrose were sacked a combined nine times. The Patriots behind Andy Johnson, Ike Forte, Don Calhoun, and Steve Grogan rushed for 332 yards.

With both teams 7-3 the Broncos hosted the Patriots on November 11, 1979 and hammered away to a 45-10 win. The Broncos behind Craig Morton's 194 passing yards and two scores plus two rushing scores by Rob Lytle led 38-7 at the half and cruised home 45-10.

The Patriots hosted the Broncos on Monday Night Football on September 29, 1980, winning 23-14. Former Jet Matt Robinson was intercepted once and the Patriots limited the Broncos to 170 total yards of offense, while Steve Grogan threw for 209 yards and a score. The game was a penalty-filled affair as the two teams combined for 16 fouls eating up 166 yards.

John Elway Era

The Broncos acquired Colts draftee John Elway for 1983 and after a 9-7 season where they went to the playoffs the Broncos exploded to a 13-3 1984 season. On November 4 the Broncos hosted the 6-3 Patriots behind fellow 1983 draftee Tony Eason. The Patriots clawed to a 19-12 lead in the fourth quarter but Elway, who'd had two touchdowns marred by missed PATs, tossed a 5-yard score to Butch Johnson, then Dennis Smith picked off Eason for a 64-yard touchdown and the 26-19 Broncos win.

The win began an unbeaten streak for Elway against the Patriots. On January 4, 1987 the Broncos hosted the Patriots, who'd gone to the Super Bowl the year before. In a back and forth grinder the Broncos led 13-10 in the third quarter; Eason then threw a 45-yard touchdown to Stanley Morgan. Elway answered with a 48-yard score to Vance Johnson, then in the fourth Eason was sacked for a safety and the Broncos won 22-17.

Elway's streak lasted 11 games against the Patriots and his last four were under the coaching tutelage of Mike Shanahan. In 1996 came one of the most famous moments in the rivalry as the Broncos pummeled the Patriots at Foxboro Stadium 34-8; tight end Shannon Sharpe mocked Patriots fans by simulating a phone call to President Clinton requesting the National Guard "because we are killing the Patriots!" The resultant NFL Films clip became the most replayed in retrospectives on Sharpe's career.

Elway's final win over the Patriots came on Monday Night Football on September 7, 1998. The Broncos clawed to a 27-14 lead in the fourth quarter; a late Vincent Brisby touchdown catch cut the lead to 27-21 but the ensuing onside kick was caught by the Broncos, preserving the win. Following his win in Super Bowl XXXIII Elway retired.

Belichick-Shanahan Era and Beyond

The Patriots ended their 11-game losing skid to the Broncos on October 24, 1999, winning 24-23 despite a late Broncos rally. The Patriots then posted their first win at Mile High Stadium since 1968 when they raced to a 28-19 win behind four Drew Bledsoe touchdowns; the win was the first of the 2000 season for the Patriots and first as Patriots head coach for Bill Belichick.

Bledsoe was then injured and lost his starting job early in the 2001 season; he was replaced by second-year quarterback Tom Brady. Brady's first two starts against Denver ended in ugly losses; he threw four interceptions in a 31-20 loss at Mile High on October 28, 2001, then was limited to 130 passing yards and a late touchdown in a 24-16 loss at new Gillette Stadium on October 27, 2002.

On November 3, 2003 the Broncos hosted the Patriots once again on Monday Night Football and it became one of the most competitive games in the event's history. Broncos kicker Jason Elam was injured on a missed field goal attempt in the first quarter, but the Broncos ground out a 24-23 lead in the fourth. Backed to their own goalline, the Patriots snapped the ball through the endzone for a safety. Down 26-23 the Patriots forced a Broncos punt; the Patriots behind throws to Kevin Faulk and Troy Brown reached the Broncos 18 with 1:05 to go; with 36 seconds to go Brady lofted a pass caught for the touchdown by David Givens. The Broncos' last-second pass was then intercepted by Asante Samuel.

After falling short 28-20 on October 16, 2005 Brady suffered his first career playoff loss; an endzone interception by Champ Bailey was run back to the New England 1, and the Broncos won 27-13. They won again on September 24, 2006 at Gillette Stadium 17-7.

Brady was injured in Week One of 2008 and backup Matt Cassel became starter. On Monday Night Football on October 20 the 3-2 Patriots, coming off a 30-10 loss to San Diego the week before, hosted the 4-2 Broncos behind quarterback Jay Cutler. The Patriots attacked, forcing three fumbles and intercepting Cutler twice. Sammy Morris, Kevin Faulk, and undrafted rookie BenJarvus Green-Ellis combined for 253 rushing yards while Cassel threw touchdowns to Randy Moss and Wes Welker in a 41-7 Patriots runaway.

The loss began a collapse for the Broncos as they lost five of their last nine games and Mike Shanahan was fired. For 2009 the Broncos hired Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels as head coach. He opened with a six-game winning streak that included a 20-17 overtime victory over the Patriots on October 11, 2009. McDaniels in 2010 then drafted Tim Tebow to the Broncos but was fired with four games to go in 2010; in addition, the Broncos hired their former quarterback John Elway in a front office role.

After a 1-4 start in 2011 the Broncos benched starter Kyle Orton and soon cut him; he would be signed late in the season by the Chiefs. By December 18 the Broncos were 8-5 and leading the AFC West when they hosted the 10-3 Patriots. The Broncos raced to a 16-7 lead. The Patriots attacked Tebow and his option-oriented offense, forcing three fumbles and outscoring Denver 34-7 to finish up 41-23 winners (their first win over Elway in any capacity with the Broncos, player or front office). The Broncos lost their last two games and criticism of Tebow's quarterbacking escalated.

The Broncos won the AFC West and then shocked the heavily-favored Steelers on an 80-yard touchdown to Demaryius Thomas in overtime of a 29-23 Broncos win. The Broncos went to Foxboro for the AFC Divisional Round playoffs and were buried 45-10; Tom Brady tied an NFL record with six touchdowns in a playoff game; he also punted the ball on third down late in the fourth quarter; a brief sideline fight erupted after the ball was downed.

Following the season the Broncos succeeded in signing former Colt Peyton Manning; they then traded Tebow to the Jets. The signing thus began a new phase in the rivalry as it renewed a Patriots rivalry with Manning. The two clubs met on October 7, 2012; despite two second-half Manning touchdowns the Patriots forced three Broncos fumbles and won 31-21, their second straight over Manning and third straight over the Broncos.

Following this loss Manning won eleven straight games and the AFC West title, his ninth division title but first with the Broncos; it was also Denver's 12th division title. The Patriots won the AFC East (their fifteenth division title) at the same time; the two teams secured playoff byes (Denver with the top seed and New England the second) with a potential AFC Championship rematch still in the air.

The two clubs will meet at Gillette Stadium in 2013 and 2014.

Connections

Among the players who have been involved with both clubs -

Coaches who have been involved with both clubs -

  • Bill Belichick - Denver assistant 1978 – New England assistant 1996, head coach 2000–present
  • Lou Saban - New England head coach 1960–61 – Denver head coach 1967–71
  • Josh McDaniels - New England assistant 2005–08, 2012 – present – Denver head coach 2009–10


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