The New England Patriots led the AFC in the turnover margin forcing 34 turnovers by opponents, while only surrendering the football 17 times. In the final eight games of the season, the Patriots went undefeated and in that stretch they had five games including the one against the Denver Broncos in Week 15 in which they did not turn the ball over.
In those eight games they turned the ball over a measly three times. In those games they held onto the ball against quality defenses including: New York Jets, Kansas City, Philadelphia, Washington, Denver, and Miami among others.
In those same eight games, the Pats had 20 takeaways.
In two of the three losses all season for the Patriots against the New York Giants and the Buffalo Bills, one of the keys to those losses were four turnovers.
The Broncos will have to force turnovers by the Patriots either coming up with interceptions or being opportunistic on defense to strip the ball from the running backs in order to win. The hardest part about the loss in Week 15 was that those turnovers set up the Patriots with short fields or they were at crucial times at the end of drives right before the Broncos were about to put up points. The Broncos need to turn the tables and get some key takeaways to have a chance.