FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 14: Willis McGahee #23 of the Denver Broncos celebrates after he scored a 5-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter against the New England Patriots during their AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
September 24, 1965 -- After winning their first two meetings with the Boston Patriots in 1960, the Broncos went on to lose seven of their next eight meetings, including three consecutive matchups. In 1965, Denver they broke that string by winning 27-10 on September 24, 1965. This would be a game that would open the floodgates for the Broncos to dominate the Patriots.
From 1965 to 1998, the Broncos won fifteen of the twenty meetings between the two teams, including a nine game winning streak (from 1984 to 1998). The breakaway game in 1965 featured 142 rushing yards by Cookie Gilchrist and 81 more from Wendell Hayes. Denver LB John Bramlett recovered a fumble by Boston's Ellis Johnson at the Patriot's 7-yard line and returned it for a touchdown. With the score tied 10-10 in the third quarter, RB Wendell Hayes scored two rushing touchdowns to give Denver a 24-10 lead. K Gary Kroner added his second field goal of the game in the fourth quarter to give the final margin of victory at 27-10.
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