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Patriots at Broncos third quarter recap

The Denver Broncos are getting embarrassed at home by the 3-11 New England Patriots. Pathetic.

NFL: New England Patriots at Denver Broncos Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos go the ball to start the second half against the New England Patriots. If you’ve been watching the Broncos all season, you could probably guess how their opening second half drive went. After a sack on Russell Wilson and a running back screen for no gain, the Broncos were quickly punting it away after the failed third and 19 attempt.

Meanwhile, the Patriots smelled blood in the water and methodically drove down the field on their opening second half possession. Bailey Zappe would toss the ball outside to Zeke Elliot who hurdled a would-be tackler to walk in for a touchdown to give the Patriots the lead.

A missed extra point would keep things interesting.

Patriots 9, Broncos 7.

After at least getting a first down on a pass to Brandon Johnson, Russell Wilson then misfired on his next pass then took an absolutely ugly sack to bring the punt unit back out yet again. Their next drive would be just as ugly with a three yard loss on a screen to a running back, then a third down sack at their own two yard line. Wilson was not playing well in the third quarter.

The Patriots, meanwhile, took advantage of the good field position to score their second touchdown of the quarter to blow the game wide open. The Broncos collapsed in front of our eyes in the third quarter against the 3-11 Patriots.

Patriots 16, Broncos 7.

On the ensuing kickoff, Marvin Mims Jr. had the ball knocked loose on the kickoff return where the Patriots would immediately recover for the touchdown to essentially put the game away.

Patriots 23, Broncos 7.

In their gut-check drive to respond to this disaster, the Broncos went backwards on first and second down, then Wilson was strip-sacked on third down. Fortunately they recovered, but the three-and-out all but sealed their fate in this game.

This team is pathetic.