Broncos vs. Patriots: 8 Takeaways from Denver's 34-31 Loss to New England

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Broncos vs. Patriots: 8 Takeaways from Denver's 34-31 Loss to New England
Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

In what has to be one of the most painful losses in franchise history, the Denver Broncos fell to the New England Patriots Sunday night in a 34-31 overtime loss.

The game started out as well as possible for the Broncos. Off of three fumbles in the first quarter by the Patriots, Denver raced out to a 17-0 lead, and an eventual 24-0 lead by the end of the first half.

And that was when everything went downhill.

Beginning with a Trindon Holliday fumble near the end of the first halfwhich resulted in a Patriots recovery in Denver territorythe wheels began to fall off.

The Pats would then go on a 31-0 run before the Broncos would finally score again to tie the game at 31 late in the fourth quarter.

After being deadlocked for the first 12 minutes of overtime, a mishap on a punt return by the Broncos in Patriots territory led to a fumble recovery by New England which led to the game-winning field goal by Stephen Gostkowski.

The 24-point comeback by the Patriots is the largest deficit overcome in franchise history.

What are eight takeaways from the Broncos' collapse versus the Patriots?

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