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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Broncos Leap Past Patriots To Win Battle of Unbeatens

COMBINED REPORTS


DENVER -- Terrell Davis ran for 171 yards and capped a decisive third quarter with a 1-yard touchdown plunge as the Denver Broncos knocked off the New England Patriots 34-13 in a matchup of the NFL's last two unbeaten teams.


John Elway completed 13-of-27 passes for 196 yards and two interceptions Monday night as Denver (6-0) matched the best start in franchise history. The Broncos, who also opened the 1977 and 1986 seasons with six straight victories, defeated the Patriots for the 10th straight time.


Denver scored 20 unanswered points after halftime.


On the opening possession of the second half, Elway's 1-yard quarterback sneak capped a 10-play, 80-yard drive to give the Broncos a 21-13 lead.


New England quarterback Drew Bledsoe threw three straight incompletions and Denver took the ensuing possession and moved 69 yards in nine plays, capped by Scott Bentley's 21-yard field goal.


Elway's 47-yard pass to Rod Smith set up a 1-yard burst by Davis, giving the Broncos a 31-13 advantage with 1:59 remaining in the third.


"Rod Smith has such great leaping ability, great speed. I just lay the ball up there and let him go for it," Elway said. "It's been a long time since we've had a game like this."


Davis, who carried 32 times, also had a 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. He currently leads the NFL with 776 yards.


Bledsoe was 20-of-41 for 234 yards with a touchdown and an interception for New England (4-1).


Danny Kanell will make his first NFL start at quarterback for the injured Dave Brown next Sunday when the New York Giants play at Arizona.


Brown aggravated a strained pectoral muscle in the first half of the Giants' 20-17 win over Dallas on Sunday. (COMBINED REPORTS


DENVER -- Terrell Davis ran for 171 yards and capped a decisive third quarter with a 1-yard touchdown plunge as the Denver Broncos knocked off the New England Patriots 34-13 in a matchup of the NFL's last two unbeaten teams.


John Elway completed 13-of-27 passes for 196 yards and two interceptions Monday night as Denver (6-0) matched the best start in franchise history. The Broncos, who also opened the 1977 and 1986 seasons with six straight victories, defeated the Patriots for the 10th straight time.


Denver scored 20 unanswered points after halftime.


On the opening possession of the second half, Elway's 1-yard quarterback sneak capped a 10-play, 80-yard drive to give the Broncos a 21-13 lead.


New England quarterback Drew Bledsoe threw three straight incompletions and Denver took the ensuing possession and moved 69 yards in nine plays, capped by Scott Bentley's 21-yard field goal.


Elway's 47-yard pass to Rod Smith set up a 1-yard burst by Davis, giving the Broncos a 31-13 advantage with 1:59 remaining in the third.


"Rod Smith has such great leaping ability, great speed. I just lay the ball up there and let him go for it," Elway said. "It's been a long time since we've had a game like this."


Davis, who carried 32 times, also had a 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. He currently leads the NFL with 776 yards.


Bledsoe was 20-of-41 for 234 yards with a touchdown and an interception for New England (4-1).


Danny Kanell will make his first NFL start at quarterback for the injured Dave Brown next Sunday when the New York Giants play at Arizona.


Brown aggravated a strained pectoral muscle in the first half of the Giants' 20-17 win over Dallas on Sunday. (Reuters, AP)