Overall Sunday was a great game for both sides, even with the disappointing lose for the Pats it was still an impressive finish for the Denver Broncos. Tom Brady went for a total of 310 yards, two interceptions and threw for one touchdown pass. Rob Gronkowski collected 144 yards and one TD. Peyton Manning threw for 176 yards, two touchdowns and 17 completions. On the defensive end Von Miller had a stellar game with five tackles, 2.5 sacks and one interception.
The most disappointing play of the game was when New England Patriots Kicker Stephen Gostkowski missed an extra point in the first quarter. This miss ultimately made the Patriots go for two after Gronkowski’s touchdown with 12 seconds remaining. Gostkowski, has made 502 overall extra points in his NFL career with only one miss that came in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game. Coach Bill Belichick said Sunday’s 20-18 loss to the Denver Broncos shouldn’t be put on anyone’s shoulders. “Steve is a great kicker. He had a great year for us,” He also said, “I think every coach or player who participated in the game wishes there was a couple things they could have done differently. I feel that way. Everybody I’ve talked to feels that way. I can’t imagine that anyone who participated in the game doesn’t feel that way. … I feel like it’s my fault, I’m sure all the other players who played feel like it’s their fault.” After Sunday’s game New England’s players rallied around Gostkowski after the game to show him support.
Denver will play the Panthers in the 50th Super Bowl on February 7th at Levi’s Stadium Clara, California. Kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET on CBS.
On another note, Rob Gronkowski along with Tom Brady have withdrawn from the Pro Bowl, opening spots for Cleveland Browns tight end Gary Barnidge and Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston. Five other Patriots players earned the honor: special teams Matthew Slator, kicker Stephen Gostkowski, cornerback Malcom Butler, defensive end Chandler Jones and linebacker Jamie Collins. As many of these players were on the Injured list it wouldn’t be surprising to see more patriots drop out.