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Alfonzo Dennard briefly exits as teams trade punts

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We’ve had a couple of Omahas, but no points through the first three possessions in Denver.

The Patriots went three and out to open the game and their defense then forced the Broncos to punt after a couple of first downs to keep the game scoreless. One of the first downs came after Peyton Manning juggled a shotgun snap a couple of times before reeling it in and firing a completion to Eric Decker.

The Patriots forced the punt despite the loss of cornerback Alfonzo Dennard to an apparent shoulder injury on the drive.¬†Denver took advantage of Dennard’s absence right away as Decker beat Dennard’s replacement Logan Ryan for a long gain. Dont’a Hightower dropped running back Knowshon Moreno for a five-yard loss a couple of plays later, though, and the defense was able to hold.

New England then went three and out again, trying a deep throw to special teams ace Matthew Slater on third down that fell incomplete.

UPDATE 3:20 p.m. ET: Dennard has returned on the second Broncos possession of the first quarter.

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12 Responses to “Alfonzo Dennard briefly exits as teams trade punts”
  1. patriots123456 says: Jan 19, 2014 3:26 PM

    Denver cheated and rigged the weather…

  2. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 19, 2014 3:26 PM

    Manning looks sharp, as always.

  3. keepongronking says: Jan 19, 2014 3:28 PM

    hes back in there

  4. bonniebengal says: Jan 19, 2014 3:28 PM

    Wow, that pass interference was blatant. The Patriots as usual are getting favors from the refs.

  5. titansbro says: Jan 19, 2014 3:29 PM

    Maybe not PI but definitely defensive holding.

  6. bostonian13 says: Jan 19, 2014 3:31 PM

    Bonnie – just like Cromartie holding on to Collies jersey on the 3rd down during the first drive. Cut it out. It’s PLAYOFF FOOTBALL.

  7. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 19, 2014 3:32 PM

    Way to miss a wide open TD, Brady.

  8. bostonian13 says: Jan 19, 2014 3:33 PM

    Where’s the bengals at buddy?? As usual the Bengals are SITTING HOME during a big game.

  9. dualprime says: Jan 19, 2014 3:34 PM

    Brady and Manning have some zip on the ball today.

  10. doctorrustbelt says: Jan 19, 2014 3:44 PM

    It’s nice to get home field advantage and a bye due to a BOGUS PASS INTERFERENCE CALL against Cleveland in the last seconds.

  11. grabgrabgrab says: Jan 19, 2014 3:46 PM

    “Dear Lord, if just this once you could NOT let Tom Brady win the super bowl, that would be a good thing.”

    – Peyton Manning

  12. mulder1127mulder1127 says: Jan 19, 2014 3:48 PM

    and Talib is injured on a play that should have been a penalty on Welker. Why is it a penalty on NE but not Denver?

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