Patriots - Broncos: Game Balls & Goats

The Denver Broncos defeated the New England Patriots 20-17 in overtime. Send us your game Balls (good things) and goats (bad things) for today's game.

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We want to hear what you think.Fans can submit (up to) 3 Game Balls (good things) and Goats (not good things) for the players, coaches, anything you want. Honorable and dishonorable mentions appreciated.

Here are outs for today's loss to the Denver Broncos


1) Wes Welker -- Despite the inability to score, Welker converted fro the patriots time and again. 8 catches for 86 yards and a touchdown, is it any clearer that without Welker the Patriots offense would flounder?

2) Josh McDamiels -- He out planned Bill Belichick's defense and kep them guessing the entire game. Kyle Orton was masterful in executing the game plan, bnut make no mistake, McDaniels won the battle of game plans on this day. 5-0 is an amazing feat. McDaniels has proven that his success wasn't all Bill Belichick. To go undeafeated and to outcoach his mentor is a laudable feat.

3) Jerod Mayo -- Whatever Mayo has been doing to get back on teh field after just 4 absences, we have to applaud him. Congrats to Jerod for being a game day active.

Honorable Mentions:
Sammy Morris -- Running hard when the defense knew what was coming, Morris still managed to gain positive yardage. He finished with 17 runs for 68 yards. Morris also added 2 catches for 39 yards.

Leigh Bodden -- Led all Patriots defenders with 11 tackles. He was key in defending passes that could have extended Broncos drives.

Belichick -- For being so graceful in giving a former coordinator the support necessary to succeed at the next level. Obviously the difference between Eric Mangini's departure and Josh McDaniels' had a lot to do with the success at the next level.


1) Game Plan -- Whatever the Patriots had in the game plan for the second half they should burn it and never look back. The offense turned into a predictable unit that the Broncos were able to diagnose and defeat time and again. Tom Brady struggled to make completions, and the running plays were so obvious fans in the stands screamed out the play before the snap.

2) Pass Defense -- Where dd this unit go in the second half? The Patriots were unable to stop the Broncos on a 98 yard drive with multiple third down attempts. The pass defense faltered, whether by scheme or execution. Either way, the Patriots yielded 321 yards through the air and couldn't get off the field when it mattered most.

3) Offensive Play Calls -- What was the game plan after the injury to Matt Light? It was easy to see exactly what the Patriots were going to run when Light went out and Denver made the adjustments necessary to render any play null and void. The team telegraphed their play calls at that point and went three-and-out at a crucial point in the game because the calls were bad. The team did the exact same thing later in the second half, playing right into Denver's hands.The decision to go conservative really hurt the offense.

Dishonorable Mentions:

Brandon Meriweather -- Brain dead move taunting in the red zone. The penalty changed a 2nd-3 from a 3rd and three to a first down inside the red zone. Stupid move, and Meriweather should know better. Crucial situations are no place to lose one's emotions.

Tom Brady -- Over throwing Randy Moss, then underthrowing Wes Welker twice. Those plays could have been the difference in the game, and we're sure Tom already kicked himself for making those bad throws. It still doesn't excuse him from making them, but he made enough good throws to avoid the goat today.

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