Patriot nation viewership rose drastically throughout the entire broadcast. The CBS broadcast, shown locally on WBZ, opened at 1:00 p.m. with a HH rating of 25.9, but closed with an incredible mark of 39.8 as Mayo's final minute interception sealed the 34-27 victory for the Patriots. The 13.9 differential between the opening HH rating and the closing HH rating is the greatest viewership increase for the season. Furthermore, viewership was aided by Gronkowski, who set the NFL record for touchdown receptions for a tight end with 15 after he had six receptions for 160 yards and two scores.
New England (10-3) will look to extend their winning streak to six games as the Patriots travel to Invesco Field at Mile High to face the resurgent Denver Broncos (8-5) Sunday, Dec. 18 at 4:15 p.m. Denver currently owns the NFL's third longest active win streak with six consecutive wins. The highly anticipated matchup, featuring quarterbacks
CBS will broadcast the game in its featured 4:15 p.m. ET time slot, featuring Jim Nantz on play-by-play and Phil Simms on color. It will air on WBZ Ch. 4 in the Boston market.