NFL Game Recap: AFC Divisional Playoff

Denver Broncos’ cornerback Bradley Roby, punched the football out of the arm of Pittsburgh Steelers’ running back Fitzgerald Toussaint and Broncos’ defensive end DeMarcus Ware recovered at Denver’s 35-yard line. Then Broncos’ quarterback Peyton Manning engineered a 13-play, 65-yard drive that ended in a C. J. Anderson one-yard plunge for a touchdown giving the Broncos a 20-13 lead with three minutes remaining. The two teams then traded field goals and the Broncos defeated the Steelers.

Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes to Rob Gronkowski and ran for another

Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes to Rob Gronkowski and ran for another

The Broncos first took the lead on two Brandon McManus field goals –- a 28-yarder and a 41-yarder –- before the Steelers got their first touchdown with 1:22 remaining in the first quarter. It was a five play, 80-yard drive that ended with Toussaint’s 1-yard plunge into the end zone. The drive included a 23-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Martavis Bryant for 23 yards and a 40-yard run by Bryant.

McManus went on to kick three more field goals of 51, 41, and 45 yards for the Broncos. The five field goals tied an NFL playoff record.

Pittsburgh kicker Chris Boswell booted three field goals of 43, 28 and 47 yards

Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed 24 passes on 37 attempts for 339 yards. He was sacked three times. Leading rusher for the Steelers was Bryant, who gained 40-yards on two carries. Toussaint gained 39 yards on 12 carries and scored a touchdown. Leading receiver for the Steelers was Bryant, who caught nine passes for 154 yards. Darrius Heyward-Bay caught two passes for 64 yards and Sammie Coates collected 61-yards on two catches.

Manning finished with 21 completions on 37 attempts for 222 yards. He was sacked once. Leading rusher for the Broncos was Anderson, who gained 72 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown. Ronnie Hillman gained 38 yards on 16 carries. Leading receiver was Emmanuel Sanders, who caught five passes for 85 yards. Demaryius Thomas caught four passes for 40 yards and Bennie Fowler caught two passes for 35 yards. BRONCOS 23 STEELERS 16
Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes to Rob Gronkowski and ran for another score as the New England Patriots beat the Kansas City Chiefs. It was Gronkowski’s first game after sitting out for two weeks due to a knee and back injuries.

The Patriots scored on their opening drive. Brady threw 11 consecutive passes and completed eight including an 8-yard toss to Gronkowski for the score. The 11-play, 80-yard drive included a 32-yard pass from Brady to Gronkowski.

On the ensuing possession, the Chiefs drove to the Patriots 16, but had to settle for a field goal.

The teams traded punts twice, then the Patriots started another scoring drive on their own two-yard line. A roughing penalty on Chiefs’ linebacker Dezman Moses on a late hit on Brady helped to keep the drive alive on the Kansas City 35-yard line. Four plays later Brady ran to the one and then on the next play leaned forward into the end zone.

Patriots’ defensive lineman Chandler Jones forced Knile Davis to fumble on the Chiefs’ first possession of the second half setting up a Brady touchdown pass to Gronkowski.

The Chiefs’ didn’t score their first touchdown until two minutes were remaining in the third quarter. Alex Smith hit Albert Wilson with a 10-yard pass. With one minute remaining in the game, running back Charcandrick West scored on a one-yard run. The 16-play, 80-yard drive included a pass interference call on Patriot’s defensive back Logan Ryan on third and goal at the two. West scored two plays later.

The onside kick failed.

Brady finished with 28 completions on 42 attempts for 302 yards and two touchdowns. The Patriots’ running game could collect only 38 yards total on 14 carries. Leading receiver was Julian Edelman, who caught 10 passes for 100 yards. Gronkowski caught seven passes for 83 yards and a touchdown. Keshawn Martin caught two passes for 57 yards.

Smith finished with 29 completions on 50 attempts for 246 yards and one touchdown. He was sacked once. Leading rusher was West, who gained 61 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown. Smith rushed for 44 yards on nine carries. PATRIOTS 27 CHIEFS 20
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