Earlier this week the Denver Broncos announced they would start Brock Oswieler against the New England Patriots ahead of an injured Peyton Manning. After engineering an overtime win over the previously unbeaten Patriots, the Broncos may have a tougher decision going forward.
Osweiler and the Broncos overcame a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit for a 30-24 victory. Osweiler finished with 270 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
The Broncos got the win when C.J. Anderson raced 48 yards down Denver’s jubilant sideline with 12:32 left in overtime. For the night, Anderson rushed for 113 yards and two TDs on 15 carries.
Osweiler starting just his second NFL game was poised throughout, is now 2-0 as a replacement for Manning. Even his post game comments sounded veteran like.
“Something I was told very young in my football career was that the game is not over until zeros are up there on the clock,” Osweiler said.
For the Patriots, who still lead the AFC East by a commanding four games, a more significant loss may be forthcoming. All- World tight end Rob Gronkowski was carted off the field after suffering an injury to his right knee in the fourth quarter. He did not return.
“Hopefully, it’s not too serious. Our fingers are crossed,” quarterback Tom Brady said. Brady finished the game with 280 yards, completing 23 of 42 passes and three touchdowns.
The Broncos will now hit the road for a matchup with the San Diego Chargers next week. The Patriots will host the hapless Philadelphia Eagles.