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Patriots suffer worst defeat since Denver in 1995

Broncos RB Terrell Davis scored three touchdowns and K Jason Elam added a 28-yard field goal to give the broncos a 24-0 first half lead en route to a 34-8 victory over the Patriots.

It was the Patriots' worst defeat since the Broncos scored a 37-3 victory in Foxboro in 1995. The Patriots could not saddle the Broncos rushing attack, allowing a season-high 198 yards rushing. Davis led the way with 154 yards and two touchdowns on four receptions to finish with 210 yards for the afternoon. The Patriots stalled on the opening drive and failed to convert a fake punt, which gave the Broncos the ball at the Patriots' 32-yard line. Five plays later, Davis capped the five-play scoring drive with a 10-yard touchdown run to give the Broncos a 14-0 lead just eight minutes into the game. The Patriots trailed the broncos 24-0 in the third quarter before BR Curtis Martin was able to cap a 68-yard scoring drive with a 7-yard touchdown run. A pass to Keith Byars was successful for a two-point conversion and the Patriots had hope trailing by 16, 24-8. But, the Broncos responded on their next possession and took a 31-8 lead when Elway dove through the pike at the goal line for a touchdown. Elam added a field goal in the fourth to complete the scoring in the game and give the Broncos their 10th victory of the season, 34-8. The Patriots were held to a franchise low nine rushing attempts for just 17 yards (tied for second fewest rushing yards in team history).

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