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The Patriots may rank dead last in yardage, but they also rank fifth in the NFL in turnovers. It's been that opportunistic style of play that has defined the Patriots defense all season long.
In Denver's six-game winning streak, they turned the ball over just five times. On Sunday against the Patriots, they turned it over three times, all in the first half. Those turnovers proved key in the outcome, as the Patriots scored 13 points off three turnovers.
The Patriots are now 28-2 under Bill Belichick when getting three turnovers on defense.
But opportunities come in a variety of ways. The Broncos had an opportunity to force the Patriots to go three-and-out on the opening drive, but an illegal hands to the face gave up a first down on 3rd-and-24. The Broncos committed seven penalties for 39 yards on the day.